New Delhi. On Tuesday, head coach of the national football team Igor Steimak said that India’s 8th victory in the SAF Championship was not a “special achievement”. He further said that the country dominates the South Asian region and aims to do well in the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers. India beat Nepal 3-0 in the final in Male on Saturday to win the regional tournament title, Steam’s first title as the team’s coach.
“I don’t consider it (SAIF title) a special achievement because it is normal for India to win the SAIF tournament but it shows that we are influential in this competition and we can improve our game. A lot.” Stemack, however, admitted that he had a lot of pressure to give results after the first two round-robin matches against Bangladesh (1-1) and Sri Lanka (0-0). With the results of these preliminary matches, India were in danger of being knocked out of the final.
India then defeated Nepal 1-0 and the host Maldives 3-1 in a do-or-die match and then won the final. “Of course we were in a difficult position after the first two matches but the result seemed to be bad because of the result,” said Stemack. There was no change in our attitude, goal shots, goal chances, movement of players and strength.
He said, ‘Sometimes we score goals and sometimes we can’t and that makes a difference. So we had pressure on our shoulders to give results but we were able to deal with it and in the end we won the trophy which is the most important thing. After returning from the Maldives, Steamer is in Bangalore and will leave for Dubai on Tuesday night with the Under-23 national team. The team is scheduled to take part in the 2022 Asian Under-23 Championship qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates from October 25 to 31.
The Croatia coach says the team’s goal is to qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup, the third round of qualifying that will begin in early February next year. The situation will be awkward during the Asian Cup qualifiers as these matches will be held outside the FIFA international match window and the federation will have to persuade the Indian Super League (ISL) organizers and clubs to release players from the national team.
“We don’t know who we’re going to fight, we still don’t know about our group,” Stemack said. We have to prepare because we have been told that our first match will be on February 1. If we are to succeed in this qualifier outside the FIFA window, we need to sit down with other stakeholders in the domestic competition (ISL) and see how much time will be given to prepare the national team players. .
The organizers of the ISL have announced the schedule of matches for the first round of the league, which will be held from November 19 to January 9. The election schedule for the second round has not been announced yet. Stemack said that the national team has to prepare well to get good results in the Asian Cup qualifiers. Stemak also praised charismatic captain Sunil Chhetri, who is still one of the team’s most deserving players at the age of 37. Chhetri scored 5 of India’s 8 goals in the SAIF Championship and was the best player and top scorer of the regional tournament held in Maldives. Taking part in the tournament for the third time, Chhetri was selected as the best player for the third time. He was also voted the best player in 2011 and 2015.
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