The Indian coach also pointed out that the draw against DPR Korea was a statement of intent by the Indian Colts.

Head Coach Bibiano Fernandes says the Four-Nation Hua Shan Cup CFA International Youth Football Tournament in Wei Nan has helped the team to understand the areas where “we need to improve.”

“As a Coach it’s my responsibility to take out the positives from any tournament. Looking back, the amount of chances which we created in the gives me the confidence that we are on the right track,” Bibiano stated.

“We could have won the tournament if we had converted the chances we created. Looking back, that’s also the area where we need to improve and we will be working hard on it,” Bibiano added.

“We are working towards becoming the best versions of ourselves. We have already identified our weaknesses and started rectifying them. After every match we improve and learn in an attempt to become better players,” he maintained.

“Playing against tough opponents have shown where we are and what we need to improve. It has also shown us how important it is to bolster our strengths.”

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The U-16 boys now move to Thailand where they will be playing two friendly matches with U-17 Club teams before taking on U-16 Thailand National Team in the last match of the Thai tour from where they would next move to Malaysia to play two friendly matches against U-16 Malaysia National team.

The India U-16s put up a heart-warming performance in China where they went down to U-17 National Team by a solitary goal and conceded two goals in last three minutes to lose 1-3 to U-16 Thailand.

However, the colts bounced back in style holding a strong DPR Korea U-16 to a 1-1 draw in the final match.

“DPR Korea are among the favourites to qualify for the World Cup from Asia and they have also played the recently concluded U17 World Cup in India,” Bibiano reflected on the significance of the result. “Having held them to a 1-1 draw we got a real picture of where exactly we stand.”