India under-19 to take on Russia in Granatkin Memorial

Vastavam web: India under-19 will look to begin their campaign on a winning note when they lock horns with hosts Russia in their opening game of the Granatkin Memorial Tournament in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. The tournament held in memory of first FIFA Vice-President Valentin Granatkin will see 12 teams including Argentina, Armenia, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan fight for the top honours.

India have been clubbed with Russia, Bulgaria, and Moldova in Group A. Head Coach Floyd Pinto said he will use the platform to give every member as much game time as possible. “This is a fresh squad with a mix of the boys from Indian Arrows, boys from the U-16 team who had qualified to quarterfinals of AFC U16 Championship (in 2018), and a new group of boys who have made it through the trials,” Pinto added.

India will play three matches in the group phase followed by two play-off matches depending on the group standings. “Our primary lookout will be acclimatise as soon as possible, and play to our true potential,” Pinto said.