Turkmenistan will miss eight first team players when they take on India in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday evening.
"We have good players and we are here to play and do well. We have eight players back home who have not come and we are introducing several youngsters into the national team. Most of them are 19-20 year olds,” informed coach Amangylyç Koçumow said.
India are ranked 47 places below Turkmenistan at 160 and coach Koçumow opined that the Blue Tigers cannot be taken lightly. “They have good players and so the Indian national team is a good team,” said the 50-year-old.
The Central Asian nation, have been labelled as 'poor travellers' with them losing all three away games in Group D.
"No problem. It is nothing to be worried about. There is no issue with the heat. We have no problems playing in India,” said Koçumow when asked if they could adjust to the soaring temperatures in India.
Koçumow was asked to reflect on the qualifying campaign so far. In Group D, Turkmenistan stand third with 10 points in their kitty, winning and losing three apiece and a solitary draw.
"We wanted to be second in the group after Iran where Oman is now,” he concluded.