AIFF has to bear this for a long time, as it is nothing but confirmed that India U17 team did not really beat the Italy U17 team on May 19. The euphoria of the football team was at the peak when AIFF confirmed that India U17 team has crushed the Italy U17 team 2-0. Several, players and associations joined the chorus of celebration. There was official press release too for the same.
However, the Lega Pro has different versions of the story. On the official website of the Lega Pro, a press release has confirmed that India U17 has not really played against the Italy U17 team. It was the Italy Lega Pro U17 team that was comprised of the players from Tier II and Tier III players of Italy. DNA reported that there was no mention of the match at the official website of the Italian Football Federation but the mention is not available on the website of the Lega Pro.
All the Football enthusiast were very excited for the win. However, that does not take anything away from the team. A win is a win for the team. The Asian Herald congratulates the India U17 team for the crushing performance. It does not really matter whether it is Italy U17 or Lega Pro U17, India needs to perform better on the international side and that is the beginning.
However, AIFF which confirmed the reports of India U17 v Italy U17 should come in open to address the confusion. Either AIFF dragged the issue to claim a feat or they made an unintended mistake.
We believe that the AIFF will come with an explanation but irrespective of the fact, the entire country is with the team and of course proud of them.