High on confidence but low on performance, India will look to put behind the recent reverses when they take on Chinese Taipei in their opening match of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifying tournament here today.
India lost to Palestine 2-4 in an international friendly at home on February 6, barely four months after their 0-2 away verdict against Singapore.
The scorers against Palestine, Syed Rahim Nabi and Clifford Miranda, will be turning out, but it is again going to be skipper Sunil Chhetri who will have to shoulder responsibility.
AFC Challenge has always been a good outing for Chhetri and despite the lack of playing time at Sporting Lisbon, the pint-sized striker will be expected to deliver the goods for Wim Koevermans’ side.
Rankings don’t separate the two teams by much but India can take heart from the fact that they had thrashed their opponents 3-0 the last time they met, in the qualifiers of the same tournament last year.
India are ranked 167th in the world, with their opponents placed four places behind.PTI