Stimac eager on new faces for Afghanistan tie | Goa Information - 7 minute timer

Stimac eager on new faces for Afghanistan tie | Goa Information

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Panaji: India may have simply three and half coaching periods earlier than they tackle Afghanistan within the Fifa World Cup qualifier at Abha in Saudi Arabia on March 21.All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) president Kalyan Chaubey had assured coach Igor Stimac that the crew would journey on a chartered flight to Abha. The flight would have saved appreciable time and offered further time for coaching, however the crew has now been informed {that a} chartered flight can’t be organized because of price and unavailability.“The boys will leave on Friday and Saturday (players from FC Goa and Bengaluru FC) in two separate batches,” a senior official informed TOI.“They’ll have time for just three proper sessions before the qualifier. A chartered flight would have certainly helped since acclimatisation at Abha (which is 2270m above sea level) will be a problem. Afghanistan will also have similar issues, so we cannot complain.”Stimac has introduced an inventory of 35 probables for the Afghanistan conflict, 25 of whom will make the journey to Saudi Arabia. In line with sources, the ultimate listing to be introduced on Friday morning is more likely to embrace three new faces in Amey Ranawade (Odisha FC), Jay Gupta (FC Goa) and Imran Khan (Jamshedpur FC). Isak Vanlalruatfela has been included within the under-23 squad for the 2 friendlies towards Malaysia.After an away win towards Kuwait and a house defeat towards Qatar (0-3), India are third within the group. A top-two end of their group will assure development to Spherical 3 of the qualifiers, one thing that India have by no means achieved earlier than.“We will go to Saudi Arabia to try and win the game,” Stimac stated on Thursday. “We are not looking at any massive calculations right now. Once we all get there, we will start talking about how to win the game from the very first second.“Afghanistan did everything to make it difficult for us, which was expected. Choosing Abha as their home venue at 2,270 metres altitude was a clever decision. Playing there requires great endurance. We are going there with a clear mindset.”

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