SAFF Championship 2013, Final, India vs Afganistan Live Discussions



  • RonnyRonny 10472 Points
    KATHMANDU: “Focus! Don’t lose it. We are still to play our Fifth Final,” National Coach Wim Koevermans stated at the Dressing Room after India breezed past Maldives in the semifinal. The buildup for the Final started.

    It was a sight to see Sunil Chhetri sitting in the gallery against Maldives. The ice-cool Captain stays a baby off the field – tensed, passionate and patriotic. He stays available for the Final. “It easier to play. It’s very hard to sit out. The tension from the stands in unbearable,” he states.

    Indeed it is! Another match awaits.

    “<b>Afghanistan are much superior to India, both technically and physically. What happened two years back in the 2011 Final was all because of the Referee. The whole Nation is still upset about it. We are here for revenge,” Afghanistan’s Assistant Coach Ali Jawad Attayee</b> pronounced at the Official Press Conference.

    India had beaten Afghanistan 4-0 to lift the Cup in New Delhi in 2011.

    Head Coach<b> Wim Koevermans smiles. “They are free to judge us. We are in the Final and will play it on the Field,” he utters. “The Final is a different game and it will be a tough match. We do have some small-sized Players in our squad but they are all Piranhas,”</b> he joked. "We are in the Final and we had told ourselves that we want to play Five Finals."

    National Captain Sunil Chhetri stressed it’s not about individuals. “It’s all about Teamwork. We intend to take the momentum of the Maldives match into the Final,” he said.

    “Against Maldives we defended well. And I reiterate, defending is never about individuals but all about teamwork,” Koevermans complemented Chhetri.

    Significantly, at the morning recovery session at the Police Headquarters Ground, Mehtab Hossain had echoed the same sentiment. “We need to play a Team Game.”

    Teamwork – that has been the sentiment of the Indian National Team in Kathmandu -- ‘Together we stay, Together we play, Together we win.’

    With the Team playing almost every alternate day the Medical Team has taken uttermost care of all. And that the Team is heading into the Final without any injury speaks for the care form the Medical Staff and fitness levels of the Players.

    “Arata Izumi had a nasty fall against Maldives. The Medical Staff are working on him. It’s too early to comment about his availability,” Koevermans informed.

    The FIFA Rankings indicate Afghanistan are ranked at 139 while India are at 145. But midfielder Lenny Rodrigues isn’t too much willing to read into FIFA Rankings. “Rankings are tricky. It all boils down to the specific day,” he maintained.

    The manner the two rival Captains chatted at the Official Photo shoot prior to the Final may have made on believe they stay the best of pals. The two do share a great camaraderie off the field but Wednesday (September 11) will be “different.”

    Afghanistan feel they are “better” and want “revenge;” India on the other hand intend to “carry forward the momentum.” The kick-off at the Dasrath Stadium is at IST 6.15pm.

  • Mehtab & Lenny are already not available now if Arata is out with an injury it'll be a huge setback for us.  :(
  • Afghans are playing with their foreign born players if we can play our PIO players we can kick some serious as* in the SAFF cup,well we already do that but what I meant is that we'll dominate over the other teams.
  • JoyptanJoyptan 295 Points
    Can we see this again???

  • For players like Jeje, Nirmal, this is 3rd SAFF Championship. I am not sure about Subrata Pal.<br>
  • JoyptanJoyptan 295 Points
    The ball is firmly in his sight

  • DXDX 4074 Points
    place rocky music here!!
  • karanshkaransh 542 Points
    Do you know why the final is on 9/11 ? Cause Afghans will demolish India this time.(only meant for humor)   :))
  • karansh wrote: »
    Do you know why the final is on 9/11 ? Cause Afghans will demolish India this time.(only meant for humor)   :))


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