The Indian football team today suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Myanmar in its last league match of the qualifying event of the AFC Challenge Cup here, which put the country`s chances of advancing to the final round of the tournament in a difficult position.
A draw against hosts Myanmar would see India top the group and qualify for AFC Challenge Cup 2014 in Maldives but coach Wim Koevermans says his team will only be going for a win when the two sides face off here Wednesday.
India skipper Sunil Chhetri, who had struck a hat-trick in the final when India won the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, stressed on the importance of not resting on past laurels and said he is focussed on leading the team`s campaign in the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers.
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Tuesday said that the transition from club to international football will be crucial, even as the hosts prepared to take on Palestine in a friendly here tomorrow.
After India`s disastrous AFC Challenge Cup campaign ended with a 0-4 loss against North Korea in Kathmandu on Tuesday, the AIFF bosses have decided that technical director Rob Baan will now take a final call in zeroing in on Savio Medeira`s replacement as senior team coach.
Knocked out of the tournament following two successive defeats, the Indian football team would look to salvage some pride when it takes on favourites DPR Korea in an inconsequential match in the AFC Challenge Cup on Tuesday. The Group B encounter is India`s last in the tournament.