Nepal match up will set team up for Kyrgyz Republic game: Eugeneson Lyngdoh
The 30-year-old midfielder from Meghalaya believes that skipper Sunil Chhetri’s availability against Nepal is a boost for the players.football Updated: Jun 04, 2017 12:03 IST
Players from Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan joined the national team camp on Saturday, ahead of their friendly against Nepal on June 6, and midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh believes the game will set the team up for their 2019 Asian Cup Qualifier against Kyrgyz Republic on June 13.
“The players are excited to be representing the country after a long season. We are all looking forward to the Kyrgyz game. The Nepal match will give us the opportunity to set ourselves for Kyrgyz Republic,” said Lyngdoh.
Nepal were approached as an alternative for the warm-up game after Lebanon backed out citing visa problems.
“We would have loved to play Lebanon but what is critical is that we gel well on the pitch as a unit. So long as we get our system right, any opposition is a step in the right direction,” he said after Nepal were widely considered an inappropriate alternative.
These are exciting times for Indian football as the national team broke into the top 100 in the FIFA ranking after 21 years. The players are obviously excited by the achievement.
“The journey has always been tough; we’ve had our ups and downs. But things have fallen on the right track, we are now ranked 100th in the world.
“We still have a lot to learn but are looking to find a place among the elite. Given the talent in our country I don’t see why we can’t be there,” said Lyngdoh.
The 30-year-old midfielder from Meghalaya believes that skipper Sunil Chhetri’s availability against Nepal is a boost for the players.
“He has been outstanding for club and country time after time. We need a guy like him to lead us on the pitch. His presence provides a sense of conviction to all players,” he said.
India beat Myanmar in their first group game and Lyngdoh says victory over 132-ranked Kyrgyz Republic will be decisive to India’s qualification to the tournament proper.
“Kyrgyz Republic are one of the top sides in the group. Getting three points against them is very vital for our qualification. We will be doing our best to get three points so as to make it six points from two games.”
“We have a lot of confidence but we cannot be overconfident about our chances. But we do believe in ourselves that we can make it (to the 2019 Asian Cup),” concluded Lyngdoh.
First Published: Jun 04, 2017 12:03 IST