India U-18 take on Maldives in third SAFF U-18 Championship encounter
Written by: AIFF-The All India Football Federation
The Indian Football team needs to win this game to ensure they have a chance to win the U-18 SAFF Championships 2017.
After an unfortunate start, the India U-18 team bounced back with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over hosts Bhutan in their previous SAFF U-18 Championship encounter. India would now surely look to keep the momentum going as they gear up to face Maldives on Monday (September 25) at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan.
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India U-18 suffered a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the SAFF U-18 Championship opener, but they bounced back in style against Bhutan who had won their previous games before facing the Colts.
“The boys showed their mettle and outclassed an inform Bhutan. The boys need to play with the same intensity and quality in possession”, declared Head Coach Floyd Pinto.
“Teamwork and discipline off the ball will be key to keeping Maldives at bay.”
With the round robin format in place at the tournament, another slip-up can be costly but India need to win their games to keep themselves within a chance of winning the Championship.
“Only a win will do to keep the pressure on other teams and keep our hope of winning SAFF U-18 Championship alive. It's Maldives last match in the tournament so they will want to go out all guns blazing but we are prepared to face them”, added Pinto.
The team will head to the AFC U-19 Qualifiers after this tournament which begins on November 4 in Saudi Arabia. The game will start at 3:30 PM IST.
Published: Mon Sep 25, 2017 02:30 PM IST