India take on Syria in Nehru Cup finals

Updated: 29 August 2007 15:21 IST

Bob Houghton's India will aim to give football's rising profile in the country a further fillip when they take on Syrian in the title encounter.

New Delhi:

Bob Houghton's India will aim to give football's rising profile in the country a further fillip when they take on Syrian in the title encounter at the floodlit Ambedkar Syadium on Wednesday.

The task at hand is, however, not easy as the West Asian team, apart from a much higher FIFA ranking - 112 as against India's 151 - also have the psychological advantage of beating the hosts 3-2 in the league encounter a few days ago.

But under the Englishman, the present bunch of Indian footballers have started believing in their abilities and the public of the national capital have responded to their efforts by coming out in large numbers to support them and 16,000 vociferous fans are expected to again make their way to the
venue to egg on their team.

Another win on Wednesday, in their first final in this competition, may not make the Indian team world-beaters but it will certainly pave the way for bigger and better things in the future.

"It is a big game but in the larger scheme of things it will not make much of a difference in the footballing sense. But the profile of the game, the interest from fans and corporates will certainly get a boost if we win tomorrow," Houghton said after the practice session at the Janki Devi
Memorial College.

"If we get another packed stadium, we will have a third straight full house which would be very positive."

There will be only one change to the starting line-up with Ajayan Nair coming in place of Renedy Singh in the left midfield.

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