Wim Koevermans, the India coach, believes that the international friendly against Singapore next week is an opportunity for his team to perform well to maintain their standard following their much celebrated Nehru Cup triumph last month.
“The match (against Singapore) stays the same as every game but its significance stays huge. Just like any other game, we want to win this one at any cost,” he said.
“It’s important to perform well every time we play. The Nehru Cup triumph was encouraging indeed. But now, it’s all about the next step. We need to improve ourselves and we just can’t ever compromise on it,” he elaborated.
Consistency is hard to come by and Koevermans agrees stating that the Blue Tigers must utilize these friendlies in order to gain experience as they dream to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup albeit through a backdoor entry by qualifying and winning the 2014 Challenge Cup, for which they have already made a bid to host the event.
“We need to be consistent. The most challenging part stays to maintain a minimum level of quality and do well in the next game, i.e. the International Friendly against Singapore. But it isn’t that easy. We need to work hard to maintain a certain standard. We shouldn’t forget we are preparing for a bigger challenge,” said the 52 year old.
Target: 2015 Asian Cup in Australia
“It’s good to assemble as much as possible but the players have their own club commitments and it’s not possible all throughout the year. But we plan to play in each of the FIFA Friendly dates. The boys need to stay in touch with International Football as we aim to qualify for the big tournament – the 2015 Asian Cup,” he explained.
The former High Performance Director at Ireland has done his homework on the next opponents and had a few words to praise their quality.
“I have had a look at one of their matches on video and they are a good and organised side who are a tough opposition. They are a tough nut to crack. We shouldn’t forget that they will playing on their own home ground and be cheered vociferously by their local fans,” he said.
Koevermans hopes for a decent support for the Indians when they take on Singapore on October 16 at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.
“I only hope we have some Indian support in the crowd as well,” he signed off.
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