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There is no room for complacency: Constantine to India U-23 squad

News Agencies | Updated on: 11 July 2017, 17:50 IST

A day before India's U-23 football team gear up to face Singapore U-23 in the second International Friendly in a span of three days, National Coach Stephen Constantine, presently in charge of India's U-23 campaign, feels there is "no room for complacency."

"We will not be complacent," he said. "In fact, we can't afford it," he quips, in reference to India's dominant display in the first International Friendly on July 9 when a Germanpreet Singh made the difference between the two sides.

The match is slated to be held on July 12.

The two International matches have been organised by All India Football Federation to help the U-23 Team prepare for the forthcoming AFC U-23 Qualifiers in Doha where India have been clubbed with hosts Qatar, Syria and Turkmenistan in Group C, which kicks-off on July 19.

"I will be looking to improve on our performance as much I am sure Singapore would be looking to improve on theirs," Constantine stated. The Coach, however, wasn't willing to agree to the tag of 'dominant India.'

"Yeah, we wasted a great deal of possession and scored from the only shot on target," he pronounced.

When quizzed if their is any injury concern, Constantine refused the same.

He further said, "I am not someone to comment on my rival Team but can say that Singapore have some skilful players in their squad who at times looked very good."

The Indian contingent will head to Doha on July 15 once their commitments in Singapore end.


First published: 11 July 2017, 17:50 IST