Football News We have now learnt to make comebacks after defeats, says India U-16 football coach

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India U-16 football team coach Bibiano Fernandes highlighted his players’ self-belief and ability to stage a comeback, after rounding off their campaign in the WAFF Championship in Amman, Jordan with a 3-0 rout of Yemen.The tournament also included a historic 1-0 win over Iraq, the country’s first-ever against the current U-16 Asian champions.“We have now learnt how to come back and win games especially after a defeat. We have been continuously believing in ourselves,” Fernandes said after India finished with nine points from four matches in the tournament.ALSO READ: Eng vs Ind: Anushka Sharma spotted in team photograph, check reactions“We had been conceding late goals in our previous matches in China, Thailand and Malaysia. The team was pushing hard for a winner in the dying stages but on this tour, we converted our chances leaving us in a much more comfortable position to defend and keep clean sheets,” the coach added.The Indian colts conceded just two goals from their four matches and maintained clean sheets in the other three.However, Bibiano said, “There is always room for improvement and we still have a lot of work to do.“The hard-fought victory against Iraq was extremely special. The 93rd minute winner is something that will stay with us. The biggest challenge now is to keep the team focussed and hungry for success.”ALSO READ: Sprint king Bolt gets new football chance at Aussie clubThe Indian colts made short work of Jordan 4-0 in their opening encounter and accounted for current U-16 Asian champions Iraq in what was any Indian national team’s first-ever win over Iraq in any format, before beating Yemen 3-0 in the last match.However, India lost to Asian powerhouses Japan 1-2 in their other match.The colts now proceed to Malaysia for the AFC U-16 Championship from September 20.ALSO READ: Google dedicates Doodle to Dilip Sardesai on his 78th birthdayThe 16 qualified teams in the AFC U-16 Championship have been divided into four groups of four teams each with the top two from each group advancing to the quarterfinals.India have been clubbed with Iran, Vietnam and Indonesia in Group C.The four semi-finalists get a direct ticket to the next edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2019. last_img read more

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Syracuse puts on full pads and other observations from Day 5 of training camp

first_img Related Stories Video: Knapp runs offensive linemen through hands drill Published on August 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+center_img OffenseLeading the offense to the line against a non-existent defense, the Syracuse quarterbacks practiced zone reads with assistant coaches Joe Adam and DeAndre Smith serving as the left defensive end.Sophomore Mitch Kimble again commanded the second-team’s reps while sophomore Austin Wilson and freshman A.J. Long split the third-string offense, on which the assistant coaches yelled “Run!” during the first rep.Before one snap, wide receiver Brisly Estime appeared to move too early in motion. Starter Terrel Hunt paused his calls from the shotgun to look at Estime and instruct him. As the unit moved downfield after Hunt handed off to Prince-Tyson Gulley, offensive coordinator George McDonald yelled to them, “If you don’t know what you’re doing, know what you’re doing!”After working together as a unit, the offensive players split back into their positional groups. The tight ends worked on stopping, redirecting, turning and catching passes in route running, as they have all week.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s running backs took carries from Smith and followed lanes, sometimes redirecting quickly off the handoff.Special teamsThe Orange’s field-goal units were on display early in the open part of practice Wednesday, as junior Ryan Norton took the first reps of field goals.Punter Riley Dixon held down the snaps for Norton, while safety Darius Kelly set the holds for kickers Alex Hodgkinson and Cole Murphy a few snaps later. Kelly and Dixon are competing for the starting holder spot, left vacated by the graduated Charley Loeb.Offensive lineAdam, SU’s offensive line coach, worked with his guards, instructing them through footwork drills. When moving to their right off the snap, the guards took a step back with their right foot, ran about five yards out and made a block leading with their right shoulders. They then reversed the drill, going to their left and switching to their left feet and shoulders. The tackles worked separately.Later on, the linemen worked on blocking with one hand and then split into groups — the left and right sides of the line — for more footwork drills as practice was closed to the media. Commentslast_img read more

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