New Delhi [India], Oct 11 (ANI): After having etched his name into the history books by scoring first goal for India at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, midfielder Jaekson Singh described his goal scoring exploit as a "great feeling." But the lanky midfielder was not willing to bask in glory all for himself.
Trailing by 0-1 in their second Group A fixture against Colombia at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India won a corner on the right-hand side. It was from that set-piece that midfielder Jeakson Thounaojam rose to head home and create Indian football history.
His short-lived equaliser brought delirium to the national capital crowd, but before they could fully savour that special moment, Colombia's Juan Penaloza struck again a minute later to put Colombia back in front for good, as he slid home after taking a pass off the chest from Gustavo Carvajal. The goal also dashed hopes of the Indian fans who were expecting that a well-earned result could be achieved.
"I'm very happy and I would like to thank my teammates as because of them I got the opportunity to score. I only played my part. Just because I scored it doesn't mean that I should get all the credit. It was a great feeling for me as well as for the entire team and country," he stated.
"I want to dedicate the goal to my parents. I talked to my mother and she was very proud of me. My father is unwell after having suffered a cardiac arrest but he knows that I've scored for India," Jaekson added.
"I was very excited at that moment; in fact, we all were watching the fans scream. But we conceded immediately and it was quite a shattering feeling."
"It was such a sweet and sour feeling for all of us. There were many who congratulated me. I was happy; we were all happy. But at the same time, it was so much of a disappointment as we couldn't get a result which I feel we fully deserved."
With India facing Ghana in their final group stage encounter Jaekson informed the team is "ready for the African challenge."
"We will play as per our plans. As a team we are prepared to fight it out. We played well against Colombia. We have fought hard and will do the same against Ghana," he pronounced.(ANI)