Recently Afghanistan has decided to move to the Central Asia which should in turn help the quality of football they get to play as the competition is much more fierce in the central zone.
Emphasizing on the need to play stronger teams to build confidence which can only come with match practice, seasoned striker Balwant Singh has spoken out to lay the importance of playing teams which are placed over India in the rankings. “Everyone is doing their work, from the coaching staff to all the players. Hopefully, we’ll get good results. We should play more international matches against the good teams; it will help us improve,” Balwant told IANS. “And for the youngsters, they are getting many chances so they should take their chance with both hands and capitalise on it.” He added.
India has qualified for the 2019 Asia Cup after missing out on the 2015 edition. They have qualified for the continental showpiece only three times (1964, 1984 and 2011) with the 2019 version looking to be an important defining factor in terms of how well equipped the Blue Tigers are to face the big boys of world football. The recent unbeaten run has been a testimony of the form India is enjoying currently but can be misleading too as the teams they faced were not exactly a stern opposition.
Now with Afghanistan having the option to switch zones due to its geographical positioning, what do you think should India do to ensure quality football on a regular basis for the national team?