New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met the Indian under-17 football Team that participated in the recently concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup, which was held in India.
During the interaction, the players talked about the experience and exposure that they gained during FIFA, both on and off the field, read an official release.
The Prime Minister encouraged the players to not feel disappointed with the outcome of the tournament, but to treat it as a learning opportunity. He said competing with enthusiasm and spirit is the first step to success.
Modi also said India can achieve a lot in football. He also mentioned that sports helps in developing personality, building confidence, and in overall development.
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was also present during the occasion.
India was placed in Group A alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana. The hosts played all its matches at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi but unfortunately had to face defeat in every fixture.
India lost 0-3 to the USA in their opening game, followed by 1-2 defeat against Colombia. During the match against Colombia, Jeakson Singh created history by scoring India’s first ever goal in FIFA World Cup. In their last encounter, India lost to Ghana 0-4 and thus were eliminated after the first round.
The U-17 football World Cup was India’s first FIFA event as a host.