India looks ahead for World Cup qualifiers

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia and coach Stephen Constantine said they are hoping for a good start to the 2006 World Cup football qualifiers.

Panaji:

Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia and coach Stephen Constantine today said they are hoping for a good start to the 2006 World Cup football qualifiers beginning here on Wednesday. India opens their campaign in the Asian Zone group 3 with a home match against Singapore. India's other rivals are Asian champions Japan and highly rated Oman. "We respect them (Singapore) as a team, but we don't fear anyone. The team is relaxed and looking forward to a good game on 18th (February). We are going in with a positive attitude and want to make it difficult for the other teams," Constantine told reporters. Bhutia also sounded an optimistic note saying "the team was playing well and was focussed. A good start would be crucial in deciding the result of the match". Bhutia also praised the Goan supporters. "I prefer Goa as a venue because the crowd support we get here is fantastic". Dismissing reports about "disciplinary problems" during the training camp, Constantine said "there were no disciplinary problems whatsoever". (PTI)

Topics : Football
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