International Friendly: India face Nepal test ahead of World Cup Qualifiers

India face Nepal in International Friendly on 31st August 2015
India face Nepal in an International Friendly on 31st August 2015 at the
Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune
Team India will face Nepal in the International Friendly on 31st August 2015 at the Balewadi Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune. This will be a part of the preparations for the World Cup Qualifiers for India, who will take on the Asian heavyweights Iran on 8th September 2015. The game will also see Nepal Senior National Football Team back in the International Football arena after the chaotic earthquake creating a havoc in the nation.

Subrata Paul has been named the captain of the Indian Team while highest Indian goalscorer Sunil Chhetri will be the vice-captain, when the Blue Tigers face Nepal.

India vs Nepal: International Friendly Preview
Team India will use the GPS systems pending permission
from match commissioner to track the performance for each players
when they face Nepal, Picture Courtesy:
Indian gaffer, Stephen Constantine highlighted the fact that the squad needs more time to gel together as he was quoted saying,"In Europe you get a lot of time with the Players, down here you get around 10 days to test the Team. Hence, this match will give us a platform to see how the Indian Players perform under certain circumstances. I will obviously try to impart as much knowledge and information as I can but it is up to the Players to perform on the pitch"

Subrata Paul, the Indian skipper for the friendly added, "At the moment all of our focus is on the match tomorrow. We are here for a cause. Everything else in Football or related to the sport is immaterial to all of us at the moment. The National Team is the priority and stays the sole focus."

Nepal skipper Sagar Thapa was optimistic about his team's chances,"It is not impossible to defeat India. We have had results in the past where we have defeated them, all we need is a good strategy," said the Nepal captain.

Thapa went on to add, "The match against India is an important one in context to the buildup to the SAFF Championships which we will participate in, next."

Indian Team will be equipped with GPS gears tomorrow when the face Nepal if the same is sanctioned by the match commissioner. The Indian Team management have already requested the Match Commissioner to facilitate using the system.

"The information that the GPS System gives us is incredible and fascinating. We have information down to the heartbeat, to the last inch, to the last second" said the Indian coach, Stephen Constantine.

The match will kick-off at 7:00 PM IST.
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