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Indian football team arrives in Goa

Central Chronicle 2017-11-13 14:44:00

India vs Myanmar

Agencies, Margao

The Indian Football Team arrived in Goa on Sunday for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifier against Myanmar slated for Tuesday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda.

The team headed to Goa after a 6-day long preparatory camp in Mumbai. Despite being the sole team from Group A to have already qualified for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, the players aren’t in a mood to let the momentum slip as India presently stay unbeaten in 13 International matches.

Captain Sunil Chhetri, who scored the winner the last time the two teams met in Yangon earlier this year hailed Myanmar as a “very compact side.” “The entire country will get to see their technicalities when we meet them.

There is no shame in admitting that they dominated us when we played in Yangon. But we were resilient. Also don’t forget that they came back from 0-2 down to make it 2-2 against Kyrgyz Republic. That speaks of their strength,” he maintained.

“It may sound cliche but we need to prove a point. We can’t take the foot off the pedal and need to continue our winning streak.” Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, the sole Indian player to have played in the UEFA Europa League pointed Myanmar are a very “talented and technical side.”

“They are strong unit with very talented and technically sound players who can create havoc with the ball. There will always be a tendency for all to underestimate them but we won’t,” he pronounced.

Defender Pritam Kotal informed India will be approaching the match the same manner they have done the last four matches. The weather in Goa is pleasant with clear blue skies though there are predictions for light showers on match-day.