Nepal coach Jack Stefanowski: ‘All of the players are heroes’

The Nepal coach was pleased with the 2-0 victory over Bangladesh and thanked the fans for turning up in numbers to support the national side...

Jack Stefanowski was a happy man, after having overseen his team’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Bangladesh, in the first game of the SAFF 2013 Championships.

The Nepal head coach though, praised the fans and players for the victory, refusing to acknowledge his own inputs in the performance. He stated, “I think that a couple of factors played a big part. The fans were behind us, it was almost like an extra player, and I want to really thank them. And the players also played very well.”

Highlighting the importance of the win, the US national opined, “First game is always very important. It gives tremendous motivation to the boys. It has given us three points, and we now carry good momentum for the rest of the tournament.”

While Anil Gurung and Bharat Khawas impressed up-front, Stefanowski refused to pick out any player in particular, and commented, “It is tough to answer such a question. It is all about team unity, and for me, all of them are heroes.”

Though there were questions regarding whether Nepal could have been more clinical, the head coach stressed on working at the positives, mentioning, “It is always nice to have that kind of a goal, but at this point, I will take the three points.”

He also refused to look too further forward, and hoped to enjoy the win against Bangladesh, before moving on to playing against India and Pakistan. He revealed, “My plan is to enjoy this match. We now get to see India and Pakistan play and then after that we may have a good chance (of going further).

Stefanowski also refused to say anything about which of the remaining two sides he looked forward to facing more.

“For me, they are all very important clashes,” he concluded.


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