We need to believe in our abilities to qualify for AFC Asian Cup: Sandhu, Jhingan

NEW DELHI: Handed an “interesting” draw, the Indian players will need to believe in their abilities to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup twice in a row for the first time, feel the country’s top footballers Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Sandesh Jhingan.
India was on Thursday drawn alongside Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Cambodia in Group D of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup final round qualifiers to be played in Kolkata in June this year.
“It looks like an interesting draw. We have played against Cambodia and Afghanistan in the recent past, and from experience I can tell you they weren’t easy games. They pose an extreme challenge every time we play them – so none of the games will be easy,” goalkeeper Sandhu said in a release.
“We need to believe in our abilities, and go out with 100 percent conviction to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup. Once we have that mindset and goal, there’s nothing that can stop us.”
India will begin their campaign against Cambodia on June 8 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake stadium).
The top teams from each of the six groups, and the five best second-placed teams will earn a ticket to the Asian Cup in China which is scheduled to be held next year.
Current AIFF Player of the Year, and central defender Jhingan expressed that there are “no easy games in modern day football.”

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