It was Gangte’s goal in the 90th minute of the match against Real Madrid U17 that earned India a 3-3 draw. He also scored in the match against Atletico Madrid (1-4). In Germany, Gangte scored a goal and assist in a 6-1 win over SSV Reutlingen and scored once when India defeated TSV Schauben Augsburg 4-1.
He showed great character to persevere in this difficult time, said Bibiano Fernandes, head coach of India’s Under-17 team, speaking from Pathum Thani, 41 kilometers north of Bangkok. Fernandes said the entire team has been tremendously supportive and will continue to do the same. We are a team, and we are here to represent India.
Gangte’s family, consisting of his parents, whose father is a social worker and whose mother is a house manager, his older brother and three younger sisters, is safe.
Last year, Gangte scored five goals in qualifying. A goal each against Kuwait and Myanmar and one against Saudi Arabia helped India reach the finals, from where the top four teams will receive a direct ticket to this year’s Under-17 World Cup. The Teen World Cup is four years away because of Covid-19, and the Asian tournament June 15-July 2 is five years away. At last year’s SAFF Under-17 World Cup, the Sudeva Delhi junior striker scored four goals, including two in the semifinals against Bangladesh, in as many matches.
Help from AIFF
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will help players affected by the violence that erupted on May 3, killing at least 60 people and displacing thousands. We support them in their grief, said Shaji Prabhakaran, AIFF secretary general. We are in touch with the affected players and will give them our utmost support.
Prabhakaran met with Gangte’s father in Mizor last week.
The homes of Indian men’s national team defender Chinglensan Singh in Churachandpur and East Bengal striker Thongkhosim Haokip were burned, and the car of Indian women’s national team striker Dangmei Grace was set on fire. India head coach Igor Stimak has cleared Singh to miss this month’s Intercontinental Cup and SAFF championships.
On Friday, AIFF allowed teams to replace five registered players at this month’s women’s national championship after Manipur asked permission to do so because five players were unable to join the lineup.
According to the officialdata, at least 98 people were killed, 310 were wounded, and more than 36,000 were displaced by violence that began last month.