Upon landing in New Delhi late last night, Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo said, "We're delighted to be here. The boys and the staff are all looking forward to a competitive tournament where we will put our best foot forward".
Los Cafeteros will make their sixth FIFA U-17 World Cup appearance in India this October, though they haven't played the last three editions of the tournament with Nigeria 2009 being the last FIFA U-17 World Cup they took part in.
The CONMEBOL team secured their World Cup berth by finishing third in the South American U-17 Championship that was held earlier this year.
Speaking about the first team's arrival, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi said, "It is very exciting to have Colombia as the first team coming into the country. With their arrival, the Tournament now enters into the last stage, with the National Teams starting their preparations actually on-ground to get used to the conditions in India. We encourage all fans to welcome all the teams that will start arriving from now onwards and to show the hospitality of this wonderful country".