The result of the first game against Thailand will determine India’s fortune in the upcoming Asian Cup, former player Renedy Singh said.
In an interview with the All India Football Federation on Monday, Renedy said the team should focus on the result of Thailand tie instead of other nations in their group.
“We have to go all-out against Thailand in the first match.
Do not think about UAE, do not think about Bahrain.
Just go after the result in the first game.”
The 17th edition of AFC Asian Cup is due to kick off in January 2019. India will take on Thailand in the Group A league clash on January 6 in Abu Dhabi.
Renedy, a member of India’s Asian Cup Doha 2011 campaign, added:
“Only after the match we can decide on the next course
of action. If they can get a result against China, we should
be able to do the same against Thailand.”
The 39-year-old current assistant coach of FC Pune City felt that participating in Asia’s biggest football tournament is a good opportunity for the nation. He said:
“The Asian Cup is a huge platform and there’s always
something to learn from these matches. Play your heart
out because such opportunities don’t come each and every day.”
Renedy also maintained words of praise for talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri. He said the Indian national team captain “sets the best example.”