AFC U-16 Qualifiers: India gear up for Nepal test
ANI | Updated: Sep 21, 2017 12:22 IST
Kathmandu [Nepal], Sep 21 (ANI): Following an impressive three-nil victory against a strong Palestine in the first match of AFC U-16 Qualifiers, India will aim to stay cautious in their approach when they take on hosts Nepal at the Halchowk Stadium on Friday.
"There's no room for complacency. Nepal are a strong side and we know each other with both teams having played in the recently concluded U-15 SAFF Championship final.They will be backed by a partisan crowd and it will be a challenge for us," coach Bibiano Fernandes said.
"Everybody saw what we're capable of but we can't afford to be complacent," he reiterated. "We had an ideal start in the tournament but the target is far away. We aim to continue the winning momentum and prefer to take one match at a time," he stated.
"We won't have any advantage over Nepal. Although we beat them twice recently, it won't have any effect on tomorrow's game and everyone should start afresh."
He vented his confidence on his squad and showed his faith for "creating quite a few opportunities against Palestine."
"At times we were shaky the other day but at the end of the game, we won the game convincingly. I have full faith in my squad who have created so many opportunities throughout the game."
"India have been going through a good phase right now and they were clearly the deserving champions in the SAFF U-15 Championship," Shrestha mentioned. "We will try to play our natural football to spoil their party tomorrow."