Nepal may turn the tables against India
To materialize the dream of entering the semifinals,
In the second SAFF Championship held in Goa in 1999,
Looking back into history,
“Our place for the semifinals will almost be secure after we beat
Indian coach Sukhbinder Singh said that the U-23 team was given a chance in the championship to prepare for future. “To prepare for the Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China, next year and for the 2011 Asian Cup, the youth team has been brought here,” Singh said.
The senior team is undergoing closed camp training in India for the Asian Cup. “The youth players who display better footballing in this tournament will also be taken in the national team,” Singh said. He also believes that the team could perform well on Monday as the team has a good record against Nepal.
“Despite being young, the players are highly talented. We have expected a lot from the team. I believe that we could win the match with this team,” said Indian coach Singh, which has won the title four times.
Probable Nepali line-up
Bikash Malla (goalkeeper), Sagar Thapa (captain), Biraj Maharjan, Anjan KC, Rohit Chand, Bijay Gurung, Raju Tamang, Sandeep Rai, Chetan Ghimire, Anil Gurung and Jumanu Rai.
Nepal´s record against India
2nd SAF Games 1985, Dhaka: Nepal 0-2 India
3rd SAF Games 1987, Kolkata: Nepal 0-1 India
4th SAF Games 1989, Pakistan: Nepal 1-2 India
6th SAF Games final, regular time: Nepal 2-2 India (Nepal won in tie breaker after Upendra Man singh saved two penalties)
1st SAARC Gold Cup Football1993, Lahor: Nepal 0-1 India
7th SAF Games 1995, Madras: Nepal 0-3 India
13th Asian Games 1998, Thailand: Nepal 0-1 India
8th SAF Games 1999, Kathmandu: Nepal 0-4 India
4th SAFF Championship 2005, Karachi: Nepal 1-2 India
1st AFC Challenge Cup 2006, Chittagong: Nepal 3-0 India
5th SAFF Championship 2008, Maldives: Nepal 0-4 India