India U-19 team to face Serbia U-19 in friendlies

After playing in the Four-Nation tournament in Croatia against France, Croatia and Slovenia, the Indian U-19 football team will be travelling to Serbia to play two international friendlies against the Serbian U-19 side on sept 13 and sept 17.
Considered as part of the exposure tour, the matches are being organised by the AIFF in coordination with SAI to provide the best possible preparation to the U-19 players for the forthcoming Hero I-League season and the U-19 AFC Championship qualification next year.
Indian national team director Abhishek Yadav said that playing against top 50 youth national teams has its won significance.
“The matches have been part of competitions so there has been that added edge. The players and our all indian staff are learning from this tough tests. Motivation levels are now much higher. i am satisfied with the way we were able to design this pre-season and this is the way we aim to continue,” he said.
“I am optimistic the influence of all these programmes will be seen for long to shape up a better future for indian football,” he added.
Before playing the Four-Nation tournament, the Indian U-19 team had earlier participated in the COTIF Cup in spain.
In the COTIF Cup, India defeated U-20 Argentina by 2-1 and held U-20 World cup runners up Venezuela to a goal-less draw.