The All India Football Federation has appointed the former Portugal U-21 coach Luis Norton de Matos as the man to guide India’s fortunes at the FIFA U-17 World Cup later this year, on Wednesday (March 1, 2017).
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And the Portuguese man Luis Norton de Matos doesn't want to lose any time to coach the India U 17 World cup squad, as recently the former Portugal U-21 coach told the All India Football Federation (AIFF) that he will take charge immediately, rather than go back home to Portugal and return later.
De Matos is currently in Mumbai where he met AIFF president Praful Patel and will be in India at least for the next six weeks.
As speaking to the Times of India on Wednesday, the AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said,
"He will arrive in Goa (where the team is based) on March 4 and take charge. He is just waiting for his assistant coach to arrive,"
Meanwhile, de Matos will be based in Goa and possibly feel an instant connect with the former Portuguese colony. "I do have an Indian connection as my great grandfather was born in Goa," said de Matos.
"My role will be to orchestrate everything wherein the players will be playing their part. I admire AIFF's vision and the under-17 World Cup will act as a base for development of football in India. The players need to believe in themselves to do something special for the country,"