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FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy unveiled in India’s Goa

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Updated: 03:56 GMT, Sep 18, 2017 | Published: 03:42 GMT, Sep 16, 2017 |
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Sports minister of India’s coastal Goa State, Manohar Azgaonkar, on Friday (September 15) unveiled the FIFA U-17 World Cup Winner’s Trophy at an event in Margao city.

Goa, whose official sports is football, is the fifth stop of the countrywide tour of the trophy before it travels to the southern city of Kochi, where it will remain for public viewing from September 21-26.

India has been drawn into Group A of the World Cup along with United States of America (USA), Colombia and Ghana. The hosts will clash swords against the U.S.A. in the inaugural match on October 6, before facing Colombia on October 9 and Ghana on October 11.

Azgaonkar urge all football loving fans in the state to come forward and become part of the tournament.

Currently, India is ranked at 97 in FIFA.

The world cup is going to start from October 06 and end on October 28.

Twenty-four teams are taking part in the tournament, which India is hosting for the first time.

It is a historic occasion for host as it makes its World Cup debut. The host nation automatically enters the tournament.

India won the nomination by beating bids from 2010 World Cup hosts, South Africa, and Uzbekistan.

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