Indian national team coach Wim Koevermans stated that the target is to defend the Nehru Cup crown when they face the likes of Cameroon, Syria, Maldives and one more team, which is likely to be Philippines or Nepal later this month.
India won back-to-back Nehru Cups in 2007 and 2009 respectively under Bob Houghton’s guidance when they beat Syria in the finals on both occasions.
The Nehru Cup this year is being held to celebrate 75 years of the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) existence and it will certainly be a special moment if the Blue Tigers were to win the tournament.
“Our goal is to win the Nehru Cup,” Koevermans told The Deccan Herald after the training session with the national team squad at Bangalore after the camp was shifted to the Garden City following incessant rains in the national capital.
“It was a very interesting session. I’m perfectly happy with the boys. It is my second session with them and it was good,’’ he added.
On being asked whether training on an artificial turf is a hindrance in his preparations, he said,”“There are so many teams that play on artificial pitches and have no problems. Quality of artificial pitches are top class these days so we are quite happy with the conditions.”
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