Luis Norton de Matos appointed new head coach of India U-17 football team

luis-norton-de-matos-as-u17-coachThe AIFF today appointed Portugal’s Luis Norton de Matos as the head coach of the India Under-17 team for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The tournament is scheduled to be held in October this year.

About Luis Norton de Matos

  • A former manager with the Benfica Reserve side, De Matos replaces Nicolai Adam, who was forced to resign under controversial circumstances after a revolt from the players.
  • De Matos had earlier met the AIFF Advisory Committee comprising former India captains Bhaichung Bhutia and IM Vijayan apart from Sports Authority of India (SAI) DG Injeti Srinivas for a round of interviews.
  • De Matos also met AIFF president Praful Patel in Mumbai yesterday for a final round before the parent body zeroed in on him. He has had five appearances for the Portugal national side.
  • The 63-year-old coach thanked AIFF for making him a “part of the project.” He informed that he does have an Indian connection as his great grandfather was born in Goa.
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