India to take on Japan

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

India take on star-studded Japan in an Asian Zone Group C World Cup soccer qualifier in Kolkata on Wednesday.

India to take on Japan
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Kolkata:

A series of flop shows, injury blues and the sheer might of the opponents make it a difficult task for the Indian football team as they take on star-studded Japan in an Asian Zone Group C World Cup soccer qualifier in Kolkata on Wednesday. India are without captain Bhaichung Bhutia who is injured and the last time the two met in the first leg encounter at Saitama, Japan had trounced India 7-0. The Japanese team on Tuesday inspected the Salt Lake Stadium and spent the day practising before the match. The Japanese spectators were present in full strenght to cheer Zico and the players of their team. Zico, largely seen as the reason behind Japan's recent spate of success, believes that his team member will not let him down. "In the recent Asia Cup we played well. My boys are confident and I can assure you the spectators will not be disappointed," said Zico, coach of the Japanese Football Team. The Indian Team on the other hand does not seem very optimistic about the result of this match, but the coach on his part is trying to keep the morale of the team high. Kolkattans meanwhile have been gripped by football fever and are eagerly awaiting the match. Of the three matches that Japan has played, it has gained 9 points and needs just one more win to reach the final round, but the people of Kolkata are hopeful that the India team will perform better on home turf.

Topics : Football
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