5/31/2018 6:18:20 PM (GMT+3)

It's time to gauge Indian team's performance: Constantine


MUMBAI: Indian national football team coach Stephen Constantine exuded confidence ahead his team’s opening match against Chinese Taipei in the four-national Intercontinental Cup here tomorrow.

Seven years after their failed campaign at the 2011 Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar, India has qualified for next year’s event in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The Englishman said that besides this tournament there will be a packed schedule which will help him to gauge the team’s preparation.

“There’s Asian Games and SAFF Championships. A lot of football to be played between now and the Asian Cup. We’ve 11 U-23 players in the squad, but we also want the seniors lead and guide them,” said Constantine.

He also added, that each match, which will be played at the Mumbai Football Arena, is important for the hosts.

“Kenya and New Zealand will be tough, but the matches against them will help us. We are mentally prepared, but needed to play well.

We’ve done well in the last four years, but need to continue the momentum and qualify for tournaments like the Asian Cup on a regular basis.”

The kick-off is at 8pm and the match will be telecast live on Star Sports HD2, Star Sports, Hotstar and Jio TV.