Krishna Thapa, who had claimed that his side’s minimum target was to reach the finals, was apparently content with a 0-0 draw against India on Tuesday evening at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.
"We gave India a good fight, wanted at least a point from this match. The boys were told that, and they did exactly that,” said Thapa.
“It (The game) was associated with our prestige. We are very happy to play a draw match against India. We wanted to win the match but we settled down for a draw. We started the game very well. We should have scored one or two goals in the first half,” he told GoalNepal.com.
Thapa praised the performance of his boys and added that they were on par with the Indians.
“I told you before that Nepal were as good as the Indians. We lost the earlier matches but told the boys they should return with at least one point. I am happy that my players obeyed my orders,” he spoke in his post-match address to the media.
The Nepal coach voiced his concern over the referee flashing a red card to Bikash Chhetri for protesting the official’s decision to award a free-kick to the Indians after Rohit Chand had kicked Robin Singh from behind.
"I am not happy with referee’s decision but I can't do anything. This is the referee's decision. I am just unhappy with referee’s decision,” he said.
Meanwhile, All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) president Ganesh Thapa was also of the opinion that the Gorkhalis should have won the game against India.
"I feel proud and happy to see the performance of National team today against India. It was good. I always say that our team is not weak and they proved it", ANFA President Ganesh Thapa told GoalNepal.com.
"I have already called the team up in Delhi and have passed my congratulations to them", Thapa said, "We should have won the match. We had dominated them".
"I am wishing luck for them against Syria and I hope the boys will give their best", concluded Thapa.
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