India is the 11th highest placed team in Asia in the rankings.
The Blue Tigers have exhibited an exciting brand of football under the stewardship of head coach Stephen Constantine, and have gone on a six-match winning streak, defeating the likes of Laos (twice), Bhutan, Puerto Rico, Cambodia, and Mayanmar on their way.
Photo shows former Argentina's national team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona as he gestures towards unseen Indian fans while attending an event at The Mohun Bagan Football Club in Kolkata. It points out that we are heading in the right direction. "There's no place for complacency", said the 54-year-old Englishman, who took charge of the Indian team in 2015.
Football Kenya Federation has already hinted at plans to have other friendly matches in May ahead of Kenya's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone slated for June 9. At the same time, we need to stay aware of the challenge in hand. "There's no place for complacency", Constantine was quoted saying by the AIFF.
The genesis of introducing sports in schools goes back to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Mann ki Baat radio programme broadcast in March 2016 where he had called for promotion of football in the country in the run-up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup.The sports department then initiated steps to popularise football in the country.
Director, UP secondary education, Aman Nath Verma, said it was for the first time that the prestigious event was being organised in India and asked the principals to encourage students to play football. Maradona's visit is expected to build enthusiasm for the U-17 World Cup, which India is hosting for the first time this October.