GOA: Hosts India will be looking to register their first points of the 2016 AFC U16 Championship when they take on Saudi Arabia in a Group – A encounter at Fatorda Stadium on Sunday.
After an outstanding opening 45 minutes by Nicolai Adam’s team, the young Blue Tigers let a 2-1 lead slip before eventually succumbing to a 3-2 defeat.
“The atmosphere after the opening match was not good, but I told them we have to suck it in and experience the suffering, and that energy we will put into the next game,” said Adam.
“I don’t consider the game a must-win – we will continue our work. But we want to win and we will do our best,” he added.
Saudi Arabia also put in a dominant first-half showing in their opening fixture but were poor after the restart, and will now be looking for a positive response against the hosts.
“Losing the first game, especially in such a scenario, was of course upsetting for the whole team. But we have worked on maintaining the players’ confidence and I hope they will show great spirit tomorrow,” said Saudi Arabia head coach Mohammed Al Abdali.
“India is a good team and we expect a tough game. Both sides need to win, which makes the task harder – we need the win as much as they do.” he added.
The game at Fatorda Stadium will be played under foodlights and kicks-off at 7.00 pm.