Thank you India for backing us: USA hat-trick hero Tim Weah

first_imgUSA striker Tim Weah lavished praise on exuberant Delhi crowd, who were backing the team during their thumping 5-0 win over Paraguay in the last-16 clash of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.Tim Weah, son of the legendary player George Weah, who was the first African player to be bestowed with the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, scored a pristine hattrick to take the USA to the quarter-final of the 2017 U-17 World Cup.”First thing that came to our mind before coming out of the tunnel was that we’re back home. Thank you for backing us. India has been friendly to us throughout the tournament, we thank you and we love you too,” Weah said.Meanwhile, Weah’s thunderous strike in the second half from the top of the box is the talk of the town now — being rated as one of the best goals scored in the tournament so far but the Paris Saint Germain-recruitee shares the credit with the entire team.”I don’t score a lot of beautiful goals so today it was really special. But, it could not have come sans the beautiful assist from Carleton and the run that Gloster made,” Weah stated.Weah, who practices with the reserve team of PSG now, sounded pretty optimistic about breaking into the first squad of the French powerhouse this season.”You know, I’m very positive about finding a place in the first squad towards the end of the season. Playing along with Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar will be a dream come true for me. I’m pretty happy practising with the reserve team now and I strongly believe that if coach Unai Emery feels, I’ll be right there,” Weah said with confidence oozing from his voice.advertisementHaving bagged three goals from four matches in the ongoing tournament, Weah revealed that he couldn’t speak to his father before the match against Paraguay as he is busy in the election campaign in Liberia at the moment.”My father is busy right now, but I texted my mother and she is very happy with the result. I thank my parents and the entire coaching team for the wonderful result and we all hope that we can carry on with this”, Weah mentioned.The USA will now lock horns with the winner of the pre-quarterfinal clash between England and Japan on October 21.last_img

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