The Gorkhalis will face India in the showpiece of the 2021 SAFF Championship.

After securing the first and second place respectively in the round-robin stages, India and Nepal will lock horns in the final of the SAFF Championship 2021 on Saturday. The Blue Tigers come into this game after a convincing 3-1 victory against hosts Maldives.

Igor Stimac’s men are unbeaten against Nepal in 2021. Out of the three matches played this year between the two nations, India emerged victorious twice, while the third game was a draw. However, past records won’t count on Saturday and the team that plays well will script history.

Ahead of the contest, Nepal’s assistant coach Kiran Shrestha and captain Kiran Limbu addressed the media:

Thoughts ahead of game

Kiran Shrestha feels that the game against India will be very tough. But, he also mentioned that Nepal will give everything on the pitch. “Tomorrow it’s a big game for us. We know it will be very hard and really tough. But, we’re focused, patient and will play with great determination to get the result,” He asserted.

Preparations ahead of the Big Final

Shrestha was also asked about how Nepal are preparing for the final against India. “The preparation is good. We’ve fixed our mistakes and I think it will be a very tough game. We’ll do everything to utilize our chances,” he said.

Kiran Limbu’s comments

Nepal’s skipper Kiran Limbu assured everyone that Nepal will fight hard on Saturday. “We’re ready for the battle tomorrow. We’re Gorkhalis and we will play like Gorkhalis. We will fight until 90 minutes like Gorkhalis for tomorrow’s match,” the former RoundGlass Punjab shot-stopper said.

Approach towards tomorrow’s game

Nepal have already played India once in the SAFF Championship, when they ended up on the losing side. When quizzed about how they will approach tomorrow’s game, he said, “I don’t care about the past. We just think about tomorrow’s game.

“Tomorrow is our big day and we’ll go all out for victory and we will play like Gorkhalis.”

Message for Farukh Choudhary

One of India’s most talented players Farukh Choudhary has been ruled out of the SAFF Championship. He sustained an injury in India’s third match against Nepal. Limbu wished Farukh a speedy recovery and set a great example of sportsman spirit. “On behalf of our national team, we wish him a fast recovery. Get well soon,” he wished the Jamshedpur FC forward.

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