Kochi, July 31 (IANS) FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament director Javier Ceppi on Monday reckoned that the inaugural match between Brazil and Spain at the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium here will witness a huge crowd. Also Read - BMC Makes 7-Day Institutional Quarantine Mandatory For Passengers Arriving from Brazil

“Brazil versus Spain in a World Cup game is by far the biggest international game to be played in India and we are confident fans will come in huge numbers to witness this historic game,” Ceppi said in a statement. Also Read - World Test Championship is Like a ICC World Cup For me: Ishant Sharma

“To be honest, a Brazil versus Spain game in a World Cup is as big as it gets and fans in Kochi need to step up and show the true spirit that we know it for,” he added. Also Read - South African Strain of COVID-19 Detected in 4 Returnees, 1 Found Positive For Brazil Variant, Says Govt

The tournament director also emphasised on the crowd support for the FIFA U-17 World Cup fixtures here and said the spectators should support every team playing in the city.

“We want Kochi to support all the teams, we haven’t seen it yet, we thought we are going to see a sell out for all Brazil matches. Brazil, Spain as well as Germany are playing in Kochi and we were expecting a sell out in two hours like we saw in Kolkata,” Ceppi said.

The southern city will host eight matches of the tournament including one quarter-final. The tournament is scheduled from October 6 to 28.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.