Midfielder Joel Joaquim Fernandes represented the India U-13 team in the AFC Under-13 Boys Festival of Football for the South Asian region to be held from May 17 to 24, 2009.
India was held by hosts Iran to a 1-1 draw in the Format I tournament and suffered a surprising 0-2 defeat by the hands of Afghanistan. The boys had their last Format I match against the Maldives, whom the Indians trashed 4-0.
The Indian youngsters had a better outing in their Format II tournament matches. They went down to Iran (0-3), but were able regroup against Afghanistan (1-0) and Maldives (6-0).