India take on Myanmar in Olympic qualifiers return leg

Updated: 08 March 2011 20:53 IST

High on confidence after their 2-1 victory at home, India would look to seal a berth in the next stage of the Olympic qualifiers when they take on Myanmar in the return leg in Yangon on Wednesday.

India take on Myanmar in Olympic qualifiers return leg

New Delhi:

High on confidence after their 2-1 victory at home, India would look to seal a berth in the next stage of the Olympic qualifiers when they take on Myanmar in the return leg in Yangon on Wednesday.

Desmond Bulpin's Under 23 boys dominated their home leg match in Pune on February 23 and they now need a draw or a win for an outright second round berth.

Jeje Lalpekhlua and Malswamfela found the back of the net for the Indian team in Pune and without a doubt both the talented strikers will play a vital role in India's chances on Wednesday as well.

Midfielders Sheikh Jewel Raja and Shilton D'Silva will remain the backbone of the Indian team and the duo will look to continue their excellent form once again.

India will look to count on long balls and set-piece as it fetched both the goals for them in the last match.

The Indian defence led by captain Raju Gaekwad gave an impressive performance in the home leg. However, with Mohanraj and Nirmal Chhetri ruled out due to injuries, Lalrozama Fenai, Deepak Devrani or Inderpreet Singh are likely to start in their place.

"It will be a tough game, but we are prepared," said Bulpin in the pre-match conference in Yangon on Tuesday.

"Myanmar is also a good team and with local support, they will look to take advantage of the home condition. A good game is on the cards," said the Englishman.

Topics : Football Olympics 2012
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