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The Polish-born American coach is confident of putting an end to Nepal's wait for glory in the South Asian competition...

Jack Stefanowski, who took over from Graham Roberts at the turn of the year, feels that the time is right for his boys to prove themselves by winning the SAFF Championship 2013.

"I had set a target when I landed in Kathmandu seven months earlier, and I think the time is ripe now to deliver," the 38-year-old The Himalayan Times.


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The Gorkhalis were on a three-week preparation tour to the Gulf where they won four of their five matches against U-23 teams of Bahrain and Kuwait.

“The boys played really well in Bahrain and Kuwait. They have come together as a team which is a good sign before going into the SAFF Championship,” Stefanowski stated.

"The tour provided me the much-needed opportunity to transform the players into a team. The biggest thing is that the team is playing well at high standard. The boys are good - defensively and offensively - and it has made me confident in winning the title," he continued.

“Since we have been shooting for title from the very beginning, the time has come to prove it. As we are giving final touches to the team preparation, we are looking forward to the tournament.”

Stefanowski has claimed that he is not feeling any pressure on account of performance of his side, but has refused to take any opponent lightly.

“All the opponents in the pool are equally strong and competitive. We have played against Pakistan and Bangladesh, while India are the defending champions. So we know they all are tough,” said the coach, who is expected to announce his final 20-member squad by Wednesday.

Hosts Nepal will kick-off their campaign against Bangladesh in Group A at the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, on Saturday (31 August).


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