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AIFF Confirm Luis Norton de Matos as India U-17 Team Coach

Wednesday, 1 March 2017|Staff Reporter

After all the drama involving the sacking of Nicolai Adam and appointment of a new coach for the World Cup-bound India U-17 team, The All India Football Federation have confirmed Portugal’s Luis Norton de Matos as the new coach.

The announcement was made today by the AIFF through official Press Release. 

Norton’s name, however, was already in the media a few days back when a member involved with the selection procedure was not convinced with his selection and spilt the name to a journalist.

Matos who met the AIFF Advisory Committee including representatives from Sports Authority of India, and had a chat with Mr. Injeti Srinivas, the Director General, SAI on Monday evening, flew to Mumbai to meet with All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Welcoming Matos, the AIFF President Mr. Patel said: “It’s nice to have Mr. Matos on board. His experience of handling youth Teams will come in handy for the U-17 boys as we wish to leave no stone unturned to field a competitive team in the U-17 World Cup. I expect him to guide our boys to put up a strong performance in the World Cup.”

The 63-year old Coach “thanked” AIFF for making him a “part of the project.”

“My role will be to orchestrate everything wherein the players will be playing their part,” he told the AIFF Committee. “I admire AIFF’s vision and the U-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,” he stated.

“I do have an Indian connection as my great grandfather was born in Goa,” he informed. “I will retain the positives of the last two years as we move forward,” he maintained.