Kathmandu,16 March 2015: Indian football coach Stephen Constantine said it would not be easier for his boys to triumph Nepal though India already took the lead with 2-0 goal difference in the first round of World Cup qualifying match.
“Nepali players are like tigers, they do not give in too easily,” stated Constantine under whose coaching Nepal had won silver medal in the Eight South Asian Football Federation Cup (SAAF) in 1999.
Constantine, an American national, made such remark at a pre-match press conference organized here today. Nepal is hosting second match of the qualifying round on March 17 in Kathmandu while the first round hosted by India at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on March 12.
Nepali coach Jack Stefanowski shared that the Nepali team, despite their recent defeat, would play with full gusto at Dasharath Stadium tomorrow.
The coach, also an American national of Polish origin, indicated that some changes were being made in the game’s strategy tomorrow.
He said, “We are two goals behind but we will take full advantage of the home ground and audience support”.
The coach was of the opinion that Nepal lost to India 2-0 although captain Sagar Thapa had delivered his best during the game. He argued that Nepal still stands some chances to deliver on the ground tomorrow.
Similarly, Indian team captain Subrata Paul asserted that it would be tough playing with Nepali team though they wished to get the result in their favour.
In the selection round of the World Cup to be held in Russia in 2018 and Asia Cup in 2019, Nepal and India are taking in tomorrow under the second league.
Nepal has to defeat India by 3-0 without conceding any goals to qualify. In case Nepal concedes a goal it will have to score 4 goals in reply to stay on the game.