Seeking to qualify for next year’s AFC Challenge Cup, an in-form India will look to earn full points against Myanmar in their final qualifying match here today.
With two wins from as many matches, a positive result or even a draw will be enough for India to qualify for the 2014 edition of the AFC Challenge Cup.
India started their campaign in the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers with a 2-1 victory over Chinese Taipei, before thrashing Guam 4-0 on Monday at the Youth Training Centre.
For the record, India stay at the top of the group with six points from two matches while Myanmar, placed second, are on four points from as many matches. But a win for Myanmar will see them pip India as group toppers.
The top team from the group qualifies for the AFC Challenge Cup 2014, which is to be held in Maldives.
“At the back of the mind, you may be forced to think about a draw which will see us through. But we won’t play for a draw,” chief coach Wim Koevermans told his boys.
India captain Sunil Chettri, who scored two goals against Guam, is in prime form and needs just two more strikes to equal Bhaichung Bhutia’s record as the highest goal scorer for the country in international matches.
However, Chettri believes the Indians will have to play out of their skin to beat Myanmar in front of their home crowd.PTI