Kuala Lumpur: The India U-16 team, coached by Shuvendu Panda, reached Malaysia on Tuesday as the team is set to play four friendly matches against AMD U16/17. The matches are slated to be held on August 29, August 31, September 2 and September 5.
Head coach Panda referred to the exposure tour as a significant test as the team hasn't yet played against any country Southeast Asian country before. "The opposition ahead of us is a tough one. As our team has not played against any Southeast Asian team before, so it is a very important test for us to assess our performance against them," Panda stated.
The coach showed confidence in his side and added that the team has prepared well. "We are quite pumped for this exposure trip. We have prepared rigorously before this tour and we hope to showcase our optimum performance."
He lavished praises on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for the efforts they put in towards development of youth players. "I am very delighted that our boys are currently performing at their optimum level and it is possible due to the efforts provided by AIFF for the development of youth players of our country. I am happy that my team is also a part and parcel of this development chain," he said.