India is placed in “Group D” for World Cup qualifiers along with Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Guam. The nation has got back their previous coach who made India win a trophy outside India after 28 years in 20o3, Vietnam LG Cup. Stephen Constantine is back after having a great season with Rwanda and is expected to bring India some glory too. Now from a distance I as a sole Indian football lover can see some positive points and some ray of hope glimpsing in near future. Let’s have a brief look at it.
Recent changes in ranking –
In April 2015, Indian national football team has moved forward 26 slots to rank 147th and then having won against Nepal has put India in 141st rank on FIFA ranking. These upward run in FIFA ranking can bring India some easier opponents to fight in future, in they qualify the Group D qualifiers round. If we have a closer look in the “Group D” opponents of India, it will bring hope that India will have to play only two teams above their ranking along with two teams below them! Iran (ranked 41st) would no doubt be expected to qualify from the first place of Group D. While in the second position I believe India would have a good chance if they can defeat Oman (101st) in home match! Other two teams Turkmenistan (173rd) and Guam (174th) are below India and should not be much of a problem.
Playing style –
India with his recently updated squad would surely go for a long ball playing style and that would trouble teams like Guam, Turkmenistan and Oman also. Last year Oman had a decent game against Korea losing 0-1 where Korea played same short passing game-play but Oman were destroyed by the physical and long ball game by Australia. So, this should help India as they are habituated with long ball playing and neither of Guam, Turkmenistan and Oman likes this type of playing. Surely Iran would be hard to overcome with such a strategy but Oman and Guam and Turkmenistan mustn’t be much of a problem.
Bunch of new faces in Indian squad –
Indian squad this time has a fresh bunch of debutants who will be willing to prove their worth whole heartedly. Sandesh Jhingan, Dhanachandra Singh, Rino Anto, Arnab Mondal, Shehnaj Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua all will be keen to prove their talent having placed in such a competitive group. These players have been outstanding in ISL and I-league and will surely be ready to make their mark in their national jersey!
Stephen Constantine –
The newly appointed known face as a manager, have climbed many a picks with developing football countries. Earlier he made India win the LG cup. With so many fresh players he is enough able to put up some light in India’s football future!
A nation so away from top level football would have to take such chances in order to progress fast. The wind is in their side, all India need is to put up a perfect show at each and every level of this group challenges. For more updated news hang on to Football Lens.