Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar joined celebrities in wishing the Indian football team best of luck for their campaign in the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup that kick starts in the national capital on Friday.
Hosts India shall be taking on formidable US team at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi in their opening group fixture. Tendulkar took to Twitter and wrote, "My best wishes to the @IndianFootball U-17 team for the World Cup! Enjoy your game & chase your dreams because dreams do come true! @FIFAcom."
"From tomorrow, the U-17 World Cup will be played in India. It is a big moment for all of us. The kind of response the tournament has garnered, it is simply incredible. I am very happy about it.
But here, India have a great opportunity to prove something on and off the field. Off the field we need to show that we are good hosts and how we have responded to such a big tournament and on the field how tough a opposition we are to play against. I am so sure that the boys are going to go there and give their best. Come on India. Dikha do. All the very best boys," he said in a video uploaded on Twitter.
India is taking part in the FIFA U-17 World Cup as well as hosting the FIFA event for the first time. India will become the fifth Asian country - after China, Japan, South Korea and UAE - to host the tournament which was started in 1985. Football minnows India have been grouped alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana in Group A.