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AFC Asian Cup qualifier: Igor Stimac warns his Indian side ahead of Afghanistan clash

Mudeet Arora
Stimac has laid out the plan for Afghanistan clash
Stimac has laid out the plan for Afghanistan clash / Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/GettyImages
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Indian football team coach Igor Stimac has warned his team that Afghanistan will come out all guns blazing against the Blue Tigers in their AFC Asian Cup qualifier on Saturday, which will mean they would need to be much more stronger than they were against Cambodia.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, as quoted by the AIFF, Stimac said, "Afghanistan players are physically very strong. Positioning will be the key, and good reading of the game will be crucial. We need to keep tight lines, and win more duels. We need to be clever."

“The last time we played Afghanistan in Doha we were better than them in each segment. Now we are in better shape than what we were last time around. I am very confident about the situation we are in, and my expectations are that we will win this game,” Stimac added.

The Indian football team take on Afghanistan on Saturday, June 11, 2022 and all details of this game can be found in our preview here.

Meanwhile, ahead of this game, Afghanistan coach Anoush Dastgir said, "It’s a do or die for us tomorrow against India. We need to learn from our mistakes. We have watched India and are preparing for them. Both teams know each other well. We expect a great game.

“Indian Football has been doing well in the last few years. The league structure here in India is very good.”, he concluded.

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