India will need time to match the best in Asia: Bahrain coach

Bahrain football coach Salman Sharida feels India are emerging as a good team but will need time to match the best in Asia.

Updated: Jan 15, 2011, 16:39 PM IST

Doha: Bahrain football coach Salman Sharida
feels India are emerging as a good team but will need time to
match the best in Asia.

"India are a very good team. They played very well in the
tournament. But they will take time to rise among the top
countries in Asia. They need experience," Sarida, who was
earlier the coach of Pakistan national side from 2005 to 2007,
said.

"India played very well against us. But Bahrain played
better. We had many chances and scored five. India had two
chances and they scored," he added.

Sharida said that India even threatened to make a
comeback in the second half.

"We had fighting spirit and scored from the chances that
we had and we almost had the game won by the end of the first
half. But at half time I warned the players that our opponents
would come out fighting and in the second half India nearly
threatened a comeback.”

Defender Ebrahim Meshkhas said it was a difficult game,
especially in the second half.

"It was a difficult game for us early on when they scored
a goal against us. But we were determined to play better
because we didn`t play a very good game against Korea," he
said.

"We played very well in the first half and got a good
lead. But we came out very cold after half-time and they
scored a second goal," he added.

PTI