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India U-18 team confident of good showing in SAFF Championship, says Pinto

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

The Indian U-18 football team arrived here for the upcoming SAFF U-18 Championship confident of continuing the winning momentum, coach Floyd Pinto said.

The Indian team begins its campaign on September 23.

The Blue colts head into the tournament after an intense training camp in Bhubaneshwar, and will look to build on their successful run in Vanuatu last month, where they finished in first place.

"After the good showing in Vanuatu the mood camp is very positive. All the boys are focused and determined to take the winning momentum into the SAFF Championship," Pinto said.

"We are confident in our abilities and have prepared well. We are looking forward to the approaching the tournament with positivity and putting our best foot forward in all our games."

The head coach also spoke about how the SAFF tournament will be a "step up" after the OFC Youth Development Tournament and will help his side prepare for the "acid test" -- the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers, where India will be up against Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.

"We expect stiff competition in Nepal from every team that we will face. We were successful in Vanuatu, and SAFF will be a step up from it. Hence, we need to keep improving ourselves and play with positivity," Floyd stated.

"A good showing in Nepal will mean we can shift our focus towards the AFC qualifiers, which will be another step up and most difficult as compared to all the other tournaments. We hope to continue the momentum and if we do so, it will give us great confidence."


The upcoming edition of the SAFF U-18 Championship is the third since the tournament's inception in 2015, with Nepal winning both times in the past.

India have been drawn in Group B and will open their campaign against Bangladesh on Monday, followed by Sri Lanka two days later.

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First Published: Wed, September 18 2019. 17:25 IST
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