I am their biggest fan, they are far better than any U16 team I have seen Previously
– Sunil Chhetri
The 2018 AFC U-16 Championship is the 18th edition of the AFC U-16 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men’s under-16 national teams of Asia. It takes place in Malaysia, which was appointed as hosts by the AFC on 25 July 2017, between 20 September and 7 October 2018. A total of 16 teams play in the tournament.
India is placed in Group- C and will start their campaign against Vietnam U16 today at 6.15 PM. The other teams in the group includes Iran and Indonesia.
The AFC U16 Championship will act as a qualifier for the U17 World Cup with the top 4 teams making it to the biggest junior football event. India’s previous best-ever finish at the Championship was a quarter-final finish in the 2002 edition but hopes are high this time as there is an extremely strong unit being sent to Malaysia.
Bibiano Fernandes’ boys have showed signs of improvement with each passing tournament and have trained really hard. They play as a unit and captain Vikram Kumar has led them from the front, being the top goalscorer and the Most Valuable Player in many of the exposure tours.
It will be great to see how the Blue Colts fare as they gear up to lock horns with the best in Asia in a bid to make their place in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru.