India U-17 football team to play Mali in April

The India U-17 team will play two matches against Mali next month as part of preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup and efforts are also on to arrange games against Portugal and England during its exposure trip to Europe.

The two matches against Mali are slated to be held on April 6 and 9 in Mumbai. Considering Mali’s impressive record in the age-group global tournament, it is welcome news for new coach Luis Norton de Matos, who wants foreign tours for his boys.