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The ex-India international indicated that his predecessor was responsible for a host of Indian talents, gives his take on the U19 Asian Cup qualifiers...

Sabir Pasha, the former Indian international, has taken over from Colin Toal as the new India U-19 coach. He acknowledged the tough task at hand after taking over from his successful predecessor.

“We have to thank Toal for his contributions and it would be great if we do well in the future tournaments. I don’t want to compete with Toal as it would be difficult for me to surpass his achievements,” elucidated Pasha, who had been an assistant coach to the Briton for almost four years, to The Times of India.

Pasha believes that it is vastly thanks to Toal’s experience and guidance that players of the calibre of Lalrindika Ralte, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Manandeep Singh, Jewel Raja and Raju Gaikwad have graced the wider echelons of Indian football.

“Yes, they had trained under Toal and I think the AIFF academy in Goa has contributed a lot in making players ready for the battle,” enunciated Pasha of Toal.

Pasha immediately turned his attention to the task at hand and commented that preparing the team for the following year’s Asian Cup qualifiers was a huge ask.

“The boys will report on June 10 and I’ll join them before the 20th. It’s a big tournament and all the teams will come prepared. The qualification round will be tough. I’m not expecting miracles but I’m confident that they will give their best shot,” concluded Pasha.