Sandesh Jhingan’s debut unlikely, as India take on Singapore internationally

Sandesh Jhingan’s debut unlikely, as India take on Singapore internationally


Senior defender Sandesh Jhingan may be rested during India’s first FIFA international friendly against Singapore at the Hung Thinh friendly football tournament in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Saturday. Jhingan and teammate Chinglensana Singh did not accompany the team due to travel document issues and boarded the flight only at 3 am on Friday. According to team sources, head coach Igor Stimac is likely to rest Jhingan for the opening game and give him a start against Vietnam, a side reaching the quarter-finals of the 2019 Asian Cup.

However, on the eve of India’s first meeting with Singapore in 10 years, head coach Stimac was brimming with confidence.

The Croatian coach said while Singapore has made great strides over the years, India has the potential to overcome their opponents.

“Singapore has made great strides in recent years. They have a new coach, who has made some changes to the system which often make things difficult for opponents. But I would tell my players to play against them confidently and I’ll show what we really have in store for them,” Stimac said.

Stimac believes Singapore will play aggressive football.

“Singaporeans are quite good especially in the high-pressure area. I have noticed that the way they hit the ball across the pitch, which makes things difficult for the opponents. So, they have a little bit of a hand in that regard. The advantage is there, ”added the coach.

The 55-year-old World Cup player is aware of some of the fitness challenges faced by his team.

Stimac did not forget to mention that in terms of fitness level and preparedness, his team is a little less ripe as the team has only had one full season in Ho Chi Minh City before coming into the game.

“We shouldn’t overlook the fact that their fitness level is better than ours at the moment, but we need to be ready and take the field with our morale up.” But they feel they have enough players to keep Singapore’s attack line away.

“I think we have enough players with technical ability who can find a way to escape from such high pressure, and many players in the middle are making it tight and difficult. But we are going to find spaces in the weak positions. and will play according to our plan,” quipped Stimac.

The Blue Tigers will be seen in action for the first time since their successful campaign at the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in June, where they played three matches and finished with a 100% win record.

“Football is a process and we need to be patient. It’s a hard-working process where you need to know what you need to do to get there in the end,” said the coach.

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Stimac also mentioned the team’s performance in the June qualifiers, the result of an ongoing process that was initiated for players to prove themselves for the national team.

“After a three-year process, we have stability, sobriety and certainly better prospects than three years ago. I believe we have a better future,” Stimac recently said in an extension to next year’s Asian Cup final. did.

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