High on confidence but low on performance, India will look to put behind the recent reverses when it takes on Chinese Taipei in the opening match of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifying tournament here on Saturday.

India lost to Palestine 2-4 in an international friendly at home on Feb. 6, barely four months after the 0-2 away verdict against Singapore.

The scorers against Palestine, Syed Rahim Nabi and Clifford Miranda, will be turning out as well, but it is again going to be skipper Sunil Chhetri who will have to shoulder the bulk of 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. — PTI

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