Ahead of the Saff Cup which is scheduled to be held next month from 3rd October to 13th October in Maldives, Male, the Indian men’s national football team will start their preparations for it by playing two friendlies against Nepal, both in the Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal.
“We are happy to be here and happy to be together again. These two International Friendlies will help us prepare for the forthcoming SAFF Championship in the Maldives next month. I just know these games will be good and we need to learn on the pitch,” Head Coach Igor Stimac said.
The underfoot conditions at the practice ground were understandably left heavy, courtesy of the torrential downpour. There are dark clouds overhead threatening to deliver anytime. “I hope that we don’t suffer heavy rains during the matches so that we can play some exciting football,” Igor maintained.
“We have analysed Nepal as an opponent and the kind of progress they made in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. They have put on display that they can play quality football and can defend as a team. My colleague has done a good job and there are a lot of young players in the squad,” Stimac explained.
The international friendlies between India and Nepal will not be telecasted by any channel in India. However, the match will be streamed live on the official Facebook page of the Indian football team.