Kuala Lumpur, September 26: It was back in 2002 when India had last qualified for the quarterfinals of the AFC U-16 Championship – their best ever performance in the competition so far. Since then, no Indian U-16 team has ever reached the quarterfinal stage.
16 years later, Bibiano Fernandes coached India U-16 National Team have a chance to equal India’s best ever performance in the AFC U-16s Championship when the colts face Indonesia on Thursday in their last group stage match.
As it stands, both India have Indonesia have four points from their two matches. But Indonesia sits atop Group C courtesy superior their goal difference.
A win or a draw against Indonesia will see India progress to the quarter-final. However, a loss can also see India progress only if the other match between Iran and Vietnam which also kicks-off at the same time ends in a draw.