Calcutta/Khujand: Exposure-starved Indian football team will take on higher-ranked Tajikistan in an international friendly at Khujand on Wednesday.
India have played just one international match so far in 2013, a 2-4 loss against Palestine in February and Wim Koevermans men will be aiming to give a good account of themselves ahead of the SAFF Championships scheduled in Kathmandu from September 1-11.
India have also not recorded an overseas International Friendly win since 2004 when they beat Kuwait 3-2 in Kuwait City.
“Your captain is a good player. Our stopper-back has special plans for him. We won’t allow him to score,” a Tajikistan Football Federation official.
India coach Wim Koevermans is confident. “I'm happy with the preparation. It was a bit stressful to find the right training ground, but the local people have been very helpful,” he said.
“It’s good to see the boys back together but the match stays a big challenge for us – we are up against a very strong Tajikistan side,” he said.