9/10/2018 8:57:58 PM (GMT+3)

U16 footballer Harpreet wants India to win AFC U-16 competition

U16 footballer Harpreet wants India to win AFC U-16 competition

NEW DELHI: India’s U16 defender Harpreet Singh exuded confidence as he prepares to represent the country at the AFC U-16 Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The continental age-group competition starts on September 20 and India is placed in Group D with Iraq, Palestine and Nepal.

“I want to win the AFC U-16 Championship. We want to create history and become the first team to qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup,” said Singh.

His dream is that of a youngster, however, India has a tough challenge to cross the group phase.  

“It will certainly be a hard feat to achieve, but we have been training harder and possess a belief that we can accomplish this,” he added.

He got hooked to the sport at a very young age and often got chided by his parents for ignoring studies.

“Football has been my first love. I was scolded a lot many times for going to play instead of studying,” said Singh.

However, his parents gave in after they saw his devotion and perseverance.

“My parents was convinced when I was selected for the Indian team. They were really happy to see me represent the country,” added the footballer, nicknamed ‘Happy’.

Hailing from Punjab, which has produced several internationals including senior player Sandesh Jhingan, Singh wants to keep the flags high.

“He’s my role model. I’m inspired by his fearless approach. I want to adopt his style,” added Singh.

Meanwhile, India U19 side lost to France 2-0 at the four-nation tournament in Zagreb, Croatia, on Monday.