India vs Nepal: The Buddha Derby

mohammed_87hassanmohammed_87hassan Sumeet Passin FC Jupiter10467 Points
edited June 2017 in Match Day Threads


Date : 6 June 2017

Venue : Andheri Sports Complex,Mumbai

Time : 7pm IST

TV Live Telecast : Star Sports 2

Live Stream: Hotstar app

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  • Carbon_14Carbon_14 Bengaluru 4771 Points
    Tickets are available on bookmyshow. Do attend matches if possible so that next friendly will also be in Mumbai 
  • Deb_BanDeb_Ban 9990 Points
    I'm sick and tired of this so-called Buddha Derby. Why do we end up playing Nepal always?
  • debarghya89debarghya89 7326 Points
    Because the Buddha preaches tolerance, the AIFF wants us to do the same with PP & Aunty
    goalkeepardeepak dedhaCarbon_14Deb_Banthebeautifulgamemunna219777mohammed_87hassanindian_goonerashindiaarunskumar148
  • BadBad 5141 Points
    I'm sick and tired of this so-called Buddha Derby. Why do we end up playing Nepal always?

    Majboori ka Mahatama Gandhi....
  • mohammed_87hassanmohammed_87hassan Sumeet Passin FC Jupiter10467 Points
    anyone noticed Bhimal Magar is still 19  :|
  • RatulRatul Howrah1323 Points
    Debjit is 18 in soccerway :D
  • RatulRatul Howrah1323 Points


    AIFF Media Team


    MUMBAI: Coming on back of six consecutive wins including the unofficial match against Bhutan, the Indian National Team face Nepal in an International Friendly on June 06 at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai ahead of their crucial Asian Cup Qualifier against Kyrgyz Republic on June 13n(in Bengaluru).


    Speaking at the Official Pre-Match Press Conference Head Coach Stephen Constantine did not beat around the bush. “I hope to get a win against Nepal and I hope to see players who vie for the starting XI put up a good show so I can assess them for the game against Kyrgyz Republic which is a very important match for us,” he stated.


    “The FIFA Rankings are just one aspect of the game. It is not as if we would now relax, we would not be pushing to break the 100 barrier. However our focus is completely now on Nepal and we will take one game at a time.”


    Nepal have always reserved their best against India though the recent results against Nepal have been in India’s favour. The last time the two teams clashed 18-year old Lallianzuala Chhangte starred in a 4-1 win in the SAFF Suzuki Championship in Trivandrum, which India eventually won.


    However, Constantine believes that it will be a different setting altogether tomorrow. “Nepal is a very hard working team and we expect the usual from them – a tough fight till they cannot fight anymore. Initially we had Lebanon to play but we could not host them because of visa difficulties. I need to thank Nepal for coming to play us.”


    “There are no easy teams. Every teams has its own challenges and poses its own difficulties”


    Constantine’s men will also be looking to draw inspiration from their recent rise in the FIFA Rankings, which sees India ranked 100 – a historic moment for Indian Football only achieved thrice.


    “We have developed in the last two years and now is the time to show everyone that we deserve to be here and we have to strive to maintain this style of progress,” said Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who will lead the Indian side against Nepal on the morrow.


    “Being 100 does not mean we are favourites or that we have become a super team. Two years back we were 173 and I had then stated that the target it to get into the top 100. Everyone had laughed it off. Being at 100, the next logical target will be to get into the top 50,” h maintained.


    “We have come a long way and if we keep on working like this and if we focus on the AFC Asian Cup we can make it and go even higher in the FIFA ladder”, Gurpreet added.


    Meanwhile, Constantine informed Sunil Chhetri will not be against Nepal while CK Vineeth was released from the Camp on the day due to a sore ankle.


    “Sunil is a very good player and has been for a long time. I hope he has many more years to give for India. I would like Chhetri to be leading the team in the AFC Asian Cup in 2019, if we qualify. The day he hangs his boots, it will be huge loss for Indian Football.”

  • munna219777munna219777 28514 Points
    So no Sunil and no Vineeth. Jeje and Robin will get the start then.
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