New Zealand take on confident Turkey
Navi Mumbai: Unheralded New Zealand will have a tough job at hand when take on Turkey in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Group B opening match at the D Y Patil Stadium on Friday.
New Zealand's weak defence was exposed in the two practice games, which they lost to Brazil and England 1-2 and 2-3 respectively.
This would be an area of concern for their coach Daniel Hay who has been saying that his side needs to play their best if they want to do better than their last edition performance.
Last time in Chile in 2015, they made it to the Round of 16, eventually losing to Brazil.
With the likes of Oliver Whyte and skipper Max Mata, the Kiwi team has a strong attack and their mid-fielders and defenders will have to come to party to ensure that the side gives a tough competition to Turkey.
New Zealand, who are taking part in the tournament for the eighth time, were the first team to arrive in Mumbai and the only one to have to played two practice games. Turkey, who arrived later, did not have that luxury and depended only on the training sessions.
For Turkey, it will be for the first time they will be playing on the Indian soil. They have an array of strong players, who would like to make a mark.
Turkey have qualified for the U-17 World Cup on two previous occasions. In Peru 2005, they reached the semi-final, suffering a narrow 3-4 defeat at the hands of Brazil before losing the third place match 1-2 against the Netherlands.