SAFF Championship: India face Nepal in crunch tie
A beleaguered Indian football team face Nepal in a must-win match in the SAFF Championship here on Sunday.
Seven-time winners India are yet to log full points from a game in this edition of the tournament, having drawn both their matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Both the remaining matches are must-win ones for India if they are to make the final.
“Nothing much has changed,” head coach Igor Stimac said in the official pre-match news conference. “We are here, and we are still alive in the championship. We are still here to win the tournament,” he added.
Interestingly, the two teams had played two back-to-back international friendlies in Kathmandu in the first week of September where India had won the second match 2-1, after having drawn the first.
“We know them very well and have played twice against them. It’s an open game and if we play well, and do it right on the pitch, I am sure that we can win the game. There is no other option for us than to go out there and win it,” Stimac stated.
- Kick-off: 9.30pm