India to face Bangladesh in SAFF final

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Three-time winners India will have a tough task against a relaxed and confident Bangladesh in the final of the SAFF football championship on Saturday.

India to face Bangladesh in SAFF final
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Karachi:

Three-time winners India will have a tough task against a relaxed and confident Bangladesh, who will be playing to defending their title, in the final of the SAFF football championship at the floodlit Peoples Football Stadium on Saturday. Both the teams are unbeaten in the tournament while their group match had also ended in a 1-all draw. Midfielder Climax Lawrence had put the Indians ahead in the 17th minute that was equalised 13 minutes from time by Zahid Hasan Ameli. Celebrated Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia, before the start of the competition, had voiced concern for the lack of coordination that was clearly evident in the four matches when the Indians could score just six goals while missing plenty. Bhutia will now be a more worried man as for tomorrow's final, he would be with the services of midfielder Mehtab Husain who was red-carded for dangerous tackle in the semifinal against Maldives. Husain is not only India's lead goal-scorer with two, he is also the fastest goal scorer of the competition. He achieved the distinction against Nepal when he found the cage in the sixth minute. Nevertheless, Mehrajuddin Wadoo is likely to be named in the starting lineup who returns after missing the semifinal because of a one-match suspension. Contrary to the Indians, the Bangladeshis will be a much more relaxed and confident team who would definitely be fancying their chances to successfully defend their title. (PTI)

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