Indian Football

India Coach Igor Stimac Reiterates That His Side Will Not Play for a Draw Against Afghanistan

Arjun Singh Devgan
Igor Stimac is the current head coach of the India national football team
Igor Stimac is the current head coach of the India national football team / Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images

India national team coach, Igor Stimac has reiterated that his side will play for nothing less than a win when they take on Afghanistan in their last Group E Round 2 game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Tuesday.

The Blue Tigers are currently placed third in Group E with six points from seven games and need only a point on June 15 to finish third and directly qualify for the third round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup to be held in China.

“I need to say that I don’t know any coach or any team who would come out playing for a draw. Even that might seem to be a situation when you are facing much better sides. Then, you need to drop and defend for your life and wait for one, two or three chances to counter-attack like against Qatar. But we are not going out to play for a draw. Rather, we will go out to win it,” Stimac said in a pre-match press conference.  

“That’s what we are aiming to do. We need to start doing it from kick-off. I know and am very confident that all our boys are ready and fit. They need to enjoy the game."

India go into their final Group game full of confidence considering that they registered their first win in the World Cup qualifiers in the last clash against Bangladesh - and in Sunil Chhetri have arguably the greatest striker to come from India in their footballing history.