India U-16s stun Iraq by 1-0 in WAFF Boys’ Championship

Amman (Jordan), Aug 6:
An injury time goal by Buevenesh earned India U-16 team a stunning 1-0 victory over current Asian U-16 Champions Iraq in the WAFF U-16 Championship here.
India produced a dominating performance as Buevenesh headed in the match-winner in the dying minutes to provide the perfect finish to a sublime build-up.
This is the first-ever victory for any Indian football team against Iraq in any format and among all age-groups.
“I would like to dedicate this win to all my fellow Indian coaches who train the boys before they join us at the AIFF Academy and eventually the National Team,” India U-16 head coach Bibiano Fernandes said.
“We need to start believing in ourselves. The team thanks the fans and well-wishers of Indian Football who have always stood by us.”
Bibiano smiled when reminded about this being the first-ever Indian victory against Iraq.
“Whether it’s a final or just a friendly match, when you score a winner in the dying minutes of a match, it’s always special,” he said.
Bhuvenesh’s header triggered euphoric celebrations as the entire bench rushed onto the field to congratulate each other.
“Even though there have been some changes in the Iraqi side team from the side we played at the AFC Qualifiers in Nepal, it’s always difficult to play them because of physicality,” Bibiano said. (PTI)