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Intercontinental Cup: Chinese Taipei head coach Gary White counting on youth to shine in India

9:04 PM SGT 31/5/18
Gary White
The British coach wants to have a look at his options before the East Asian Cup in November...

Chinese Taipei head coach Gary White made it clear that he has been accompanied by a young squad and the Intercontinental Cup provides him a perfect platform to have a look at his squad depth before the Asian Games and the East Asian Cup

"It is a great opportunity for us to prepare for the Asian Games. Unfortunately for us, it has been difficult to secure some of our senior players who are playing in China and are not free for dates. But the important thing is we give our youngsters a chance to play at an extremely high level. So we are excited about it and we know it will be difficult. But it is a chance for the young players to show that they have the potential to become future senior national team players. 

"We have 10 U-23 players. It is very good for our future. The players are motivated and excited. Sometimes for the senior players, it is just another game. But for some young players, it will be their debut. You always know that in your first game you are ready to do something special. 

"There will be some debuts. Throughout the tournament, the players will have the opportunity to show me if they are ready to take on the challenges. We have a major competition coming up in November, the East Asian Cup. We will go up against North Korea and Hong Kong and the winners will go up against South Korea, China and Japan. That is our major goal right now," said White. 

The former Guam coach also shared his assessment of the Indian team and showered praises on Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri. 

"India is a strong team and they are definitely on the up. I just met Sunil who is a legendary player of the Indian team. Football in India is growing. We have also made massive strides in Taiwan football. Every game is an education. The players in the 90 minutes will bound to learn more than we can teach them in any training session. So that is the message that we have been trying to get across the players. 

"India has qualified for the Asian Cup and their FIFA ranking is great as well. Football is becoming more popular in India and hosting the U-17 World Cup is a fantastic achievement. Now the fans should get behind the team and support them," explained White. 

The Southampton-born manager is not disturbed with the fact that they will be up against India in their opener and instead is looking to live up to that challenge.

"The first game in any tournament is always so important. We are excited to face India as they are the highest ranked team among the four of us. We have taken up new strategies and tactics. We have so much talent in Taiwan and this will be a perfect platform for them to showcase it. It's a good time for Taiwan football," signed off White.