|India, Pak set for title clash in U-16 football|
KATHMANDU, Aug 9 (PTI): In-form midfielder Lalramzuava returned to bolster the Indian football team ahead of its title clash against arch-rival Pakistan in the SAFF under-16 Championship, here tomorrow. Returning to the side after serving a one-match suspension, Lalramzuava’s presence is good news for India as he provides stability to the midfield. “He is one of our key players. He provides stability in the midfield. It’s good to have full strength for such an important match,” coach Thomas Joseph said. Striker Vanlalduatsanga’s form in front of the goal, too, has been crucial as far as India’s progress to the final was concerned, and the team would again bank on him to find the net.
While the Mizo lad is eagerly waiting for the match to begin, the others are are no less excited to play against a team, which beat them in the earlier round at the Dashrath Stadium. The intensity is high as both teams are looking to win their first ever SAFF under-16 Championship. Despite suffering a defeat to Pakistan in the group phase, Thomas remained optimistic about his side’s chances. “These guys have done a wonderful job till date. We have grown from strength to strength and are all set to put our best foot forward in the finals,” he said.