New Delhi: India football captain Sunil Chetri has cautioned his players against complacency if they have to defend their title in the SAFF Championship which begins here on Sunday.
Reaching Kathmandu on Tuesday along with his teammates, the Indian skipper spoke at the Tribhuvan International Airport and said they will have to play to the best of their ability to win the tournament.
“We are the defending champions but there isn’t any room for any complacency. We will be sticking to the strategies and taking one match at a time,” Chetri said.
In New Delhi, the All-India Football Federation secretary Kushal Das said the federation was perturbed over the national team’s repeated defeats.
Without directly blaming the Dutch coach Wim Koevermans, Das said: “Koevermans is a very good and knowledgeable coach. He has been trying his best.
“But at the end of the day, everybody wants good results from the team,” he said.
Meanwhile in New Delhi, the AIFF felicitated newly-elected TMC MP and former India captain Prasun Banerjee.