Hosts India are expected to face a tough task when they lock horns with a rampaging Afghanistan in a high-voltage SAFF Championship final at the Trivandrum International Stadium on Sunday.
Both the finalists are undefeated in the tournament as Afghanistan have registered convincing wins in their four matches while the hosts have registered three wins in three of their outings.
The visitors have been on a scoring spree in the competition which includes a 5-0 hammering of Sri Lanka in the semifinals. They had a goal difference of +10 in the group phases. India on the other hand edged previous Maldives 3-2 in the other semifinal.
The last time the two sides had fulfilled in the final of the SAFF Championship in 2013, it was Afghanistan who had actually emerged triumphant (2-0). However Stephen Constantine and his males will be confident of turning the tables this time around.
With striker Robin Singh out with an injury, Constantine would hope that star forward Sunil Chhetri will have the ability to get the goals. He did it against Maldives, however, breaking the Afghanistan defence would be a lot tougher.
Besides Chhetri, the coach would look upto players like Holicharan Narzary and Jeje Lalpekhlua to score for the hosts. We may simply likewise get to see a wonderful minute from the wonderkid Lallianzuala Chhangte. The 18-year-old netted twice against Nepal and ended up being the youngest Indian scorer, moving past the renowned Baichung Bhutia, who did it as a 19-year-old in 1995.
Another driving aspect for the hosts will be the home crowd. The stadium has seen decent turnouts throughout the tournament and the participation is anticipated to double for the last.
To raise the prize for the 4th time, the Indian defence will have to play out of their skins. Including the similarity Masih Saighani, Ahmad Hatifie, and Hassan Amin will be no simple task.
There are gamers like Khaibar Amani and Faysal Shayeseth, who have gotten hold of 4 objectives each so far in the tourney. The go to head record speaks in favour of India. From the 6 matches played up until now between the two countries, India have actually won 4, drawn one and lost one.
The hosts would preferably want to have a sweet revenge for their 0-2 loss in Nepal two years earlier, however stopping such a powerhouse, who have been scoring objectives for enjoyable would show to be a hard obstacle.
The visitors have been on a scoring spree in the tournament which consists of a 5-0 hammering of Sri Lanka in the semifinals. There are gamers like Khaibar Amani and Faysal Shayeseth, who have gotten 4 goals each so far in the tourney. Out of the six matches played so far between the 2 countries, India have actually won 4, drawn one and lost one.