Goal lists the top three performers from India’s 2-3 defeat to UAE in the host nation’s first game of the championships.
Despite going down to a 2-3 defeat at the hands of the United Arab Emirated (UAE) on Thursday night, there were a number of positive signs for the India U16s as they put on a spirited show in their first game of the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) U16 championships, in Goa. The team’s attacking contingent looked lively and created plentiful opportunities which led to the Nicolai Adam-coached side leading the game twice, but ultimately conceded more than they scored, to slip to a bitter defeat.
Goal lists the top three players from a day for India in the AFC U-16 Championships-
1. Boris Singh Thangjam:
Nicolai Adam used Boris on the left-wing versus UAE and the little speedster repaid his coach’s faith by delivering a stellar performance. Boris had a role to play in both of India’s goals – he won the free-kick which was scored by Sanjeev Stalin in the 11th minute and converted the only chance that fell to him in the 36th minute with a well taken tap-in finish on the half-volley. Boris has upped his game from what Goal saw from him in the AIFF Youth Cup which was held in May and he proved that in India’s opening game.
2. Sanjeev Stalin:
Stalin was initially played as a wide-left attacking player by Nicolai Adam who has now been converted into a left-full-back because of his ambidextrous quality. Stalin looked comfortable in his new position as he linked up well with Boris and the rest on the left-flank. He was defensively solid as well. The fledgling scored India’s first goal with a sublime free-kick from the edge of the box, which was exemplary of the quality he possesses.
3. Aniket Jadhav
Jadhav has received a change in position as well from Head Coach Adam. Primarily a striker, Aniket is now played as a wide-attacking player, which seems to be the ideal position for his qualities. He set up India’s second goal on his own, as he sent the perfect cross for Boris Thangjam at the end of 40 yard solo run on the left-hand-side. Aniket played the entire duration of the game and was a threat to the UAE till the final whistle.