The attacking midfielder reiterated that their loss to India in the last edition of SAFF Championship was marred by controversy…
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Afghanistan were dominating the 2011 SAFF Championship final against India in New Delhi however a penalty decision and a subsequent red card to their goalkeeper tilted the tie in the Blue Tigers’ favour who recorded a 4-0 win.
The Lions of Khorasan are indeed looking for revenge with their coach Yousef Kargar stating that he wants to face India in the final again.
“India, I think are a tremendous team. In south Asia, they are good team and I think they are still better side than Nepal. I felt even in that game (2-1 defeat to Nepal), they were better and had quality in every department.
“Yes, the 2011 final slipped away and the penalty decision was controversial. But this is football and it happens everywhere. We are here now and in a good place to get a shot at the title again.”
Afghanistan will play the winner of Maldives versus India clash and the Blue Tigers are without the services of skipper Sunil Chhetri due to suspension. While India’s performances have been criticized and dismissed as listless, Mashriqi mentioned that they still have a lot of quality in their team.
“It would be good to beat India in the final. Maldives will be a good opponent too. I don’t think India are weaker this time around. I think their central midfield is stronger. People might not think so but they are stronger than the last time. Chhetri looks fitter but they will miss him in the semis as he is a big part of their team. Maybe they will get a result, maybe they won’t. At the back, India are a creative and experienced side and maybe they can get a result without Chhetri,” he concluded.
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