Exclusive: What did Former Coach Nicolai Adam say about India U17 team’s performance?


Nicolai Adam had an exclusive conversation with www.xtratime.in correspondent Suman Chakravorty. Image Source: XtraTime

Suman Chakravorty & Sabyasachi Bagchi, New Delhi: Most of the boys of the Indian football team which is representing the nation in the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup were scouted by him. He was the man who groomed these U17 colts. The Indian U17 team performed really well against the teams like Brazil, Belarus and Uruguay away from home under his guidance. He is none other than Nicolai Adam, the former U17 Indian football team head coach. But just six months ahead of the FIFA U17 World Cup he lost his job. As many as 21 players in a signed letter to AIFF had alleged that the German had beaten them up during training sessions. After that incident Nicolai returned to Germany. Many news agencies from India tried to talk to him after that incident but he remained silent as he always wants to stay away from controversies and he always said that the Indian U17 team is past for him.

After his departure Portuguese coach Luis Norton de Matos had taken the charge of the team and under his coaching India’s future stars like Komal Thatal, Dheeraj Singh and many others are performing really well in the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup.

Adam is currently travelling in various countries for his work on Grass-root development. In between that in an exclusive interaction with www.xtratime.in correspondent Suman Chakravorty, Adam told that for his busy travelling schedule he hasn’t seen any game of the going FIFA U17 World Cup.”I am travelling a lot in various countries for the Grass-root development project. That’s why I had no time to watch the matches,” said Nicolai Adam.

He looked really happy with the performance of the U17 colts. Though the host nation lost their last game against Colombia, but they played wonderful football against an opponent like Colombia.” I want to congratulate the whole team via www.xtratime.in for their valiant effort against Colombia. Colombia is a very good team and the boys played really well,” added Adam.

According to Adam, if India loses all three group matches still it would be a positive move for the future of the Indian football cause it will help the boys to grow as a footballer and this experience will help all the footballers in future.” I just want to say all the best to the entire squad and the support-staffs, be patient,” concluded Nicolai Adam.

The Indian colts will face Ghana in their all important last group A game. Ahead of that they have received a good luck message from their former coach. Now it would be seen whether the boys can take some inspiration from their former coach before facing Ghana in a do or die match.

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By Suman Chakravorty


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