AIFF President Patel meets Indian Football team

Dubai: All India Football Federation chief Praful Patel on Tuesday met the national team here and told the players to go all out and without pressure at the prestigious AFC Asian Cup, starting in Doha from Friday.

AIFF President Patel asked the players to put the best foot forward and enjoy the game.

"We have nothing to lose in this tournament. The team ha been together for eight months and has had good experience," Patel said while interacting with the players.

India will leave for Doha on Thursday and will take on Australia in their opening match on January 10.

The Indian team is a bit jittery before the tough competition because of the uncertainty over captain Bhaichung Bhutia`s availability for the opener.

Bhutia is recuperating from a calf muscle injury.