We have to play together and without fear of defeating Oman: Gurpreet
GUWAHATI: the Indian football team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu He says his team has a good chance of eclipsing Oman in the qualifying match for Thursday's World Cup here if played with a bold approach.
India is ready to face Oman here for its first meeting of the qualifying campaign for the FIFA World Cup , Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup, China 2023. The hosts have never won against visitors in a FIFA-recognized match.
We play to win. We will play with our strengths and seek to keep the opposition at bay. Hopefully we can have a good start and collect the maximum points to start the qualifiers, said the Arjuna prize.
We have to play together as a team, and without fear. Starting well will be very important, he added.
The last time the two teams met was in a friendly match in 2018, the match ended in a goalless draw in Abu Dhabi.
Gurpreet said the team gets many positives from that result; But at the same time, it is vital to focus on the work ahead.
Of course, it is good to consider what happened the last time we faced Oman. We have to make sure we have a good show in front of our local audience in Guwahati, he said.
The Indians underwent a preparatory camp in Goa, which began on August 20. The team has also played five international matches in preparation for the tournament since head coach Igor Stimac took over.
A lot has changed, we have a new team, a new group of players and a different coach. In the field, we are trying to implement the style of play requested by the coach and put our best foot forward.
Outside the field, it has been more or less the same, which is good, since you want to continue with the good things that have been happening outside the field, he said.
India will play Qatar in their second match in Group E on September 10. Afghanistan and Bangladesh are the other two teams in the group.