Indian National Team coach Stephen Constantine termed the upcoming Hero Tri-Nation Football series 2017 as a ‘stage to try new players’ where India are supposed to kick-off their campaign against Mauritius at the Mumbai Football Arena today.
We’re playing two games before the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers where I can try out more players. We got one team from the Caribbean region and another from Africa. It’s going to a tough test for us ahead of the Asian Cup qualifier,” he stated during the pre-match press conference ahead of the Hero Tri-Nation Football Series opener against Mauritius.
The National Team is on a roll having won 13 of their last 15 matches.
“We haven’t played together since June. The ongoing camp and this tournament will help us get into the groove at the right time,” Constantine added.
The Coach didn’t forget to mention about the U-23 boys who are also contributing at their desired level in the ongoing camp. “We’ve taken 10 boys from the U-23 team and they’re here along with the senior pros. We have to continue the developmental process to qualify for the Asian Cup regularly, eventually, which would lead us to the World Cup,” Constantine mentioned.
Sandesh Jhingan who will Captain India against Mauritius felt the process is the “right way for the Indian Football to reach the next level.”