Nepali is taking on India in the ongoing AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers today.
Ahead of the championship, all coaches expressed their confidence to excel in the championship to keep their teams in shape for the upcoming AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers. Head coach for the Nepal U-15 football team Sunil Shrestha has set a semi-final objective for his team for the SAFF U-15 Championship.
In the media conference held at Grand Hotel on Thursday, Shrestha said, “Being a host we have a huge pressure to claim the title. Our first target is to enter the semis and then play for the title in the finals.”
“The players might find difficult having some new changes in the squad. Our regular captain Prithivi Chaudhary is injured and for this time we have Roshan Rana Magar to lead the team,” he added.
Likewise, India’s coach IBIANO FERNANDES was optimistic about winning the title. “We had enough time to prepare for the championship. I am hopeful we will win. We are excited but at the same time cautious against the host we have a huge fan following.” said FERNANDES.
MOHAMED SHAAZLY, head coach of Maldives, also believes his their eyes in the title. “We have not prepared very well. We could practice just for 25 days due to ‘Ramadan’. Having played in Sri Lanka in the astro-turf, I hope that the pitch will favor us,” added SHAAZLY.
Bhutan coach SONGJUN LEE insists his side can shock the opponents in the championship but will need to give a top performance to achieve it. The coach said that the team has a good support from the concerned stakeholders and are eager to replicate the success the senior side has been achieving of late.
MOSTOFA ANOWAR PARVEZ,, head coach of Bangladesh, said they have mental strength to win the championship. We had won India in 2015 but this time I have no information about other teams,” said PARVEZ.“ Everyone is strong, but we are mentally prepared to upset any team in the championship," he further added.
The U-15 Championship is a replacement of the SAFF U-16 Championship that was in place for the last four years.