'We Are Better Prepared Now': Indian Defender Anwar Ali on Facing Afghanistan in FIFA WC Qualifier – News18

Published By: Siddarth Sriram
Last Updated: March 25, 2024, 16:13 IST
Guwahati [Gauhati], India
India defender Anwar Ali in action (Credit: X)
Coming off a disappointing draw, Indian football team defender Anwar Ali said the Blue Tigers are better prepared for their home-leg match against Afghanistan in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
The match will be played here on Tuesday, and India will eye full points after being held to a goalless draw by their lower-ranked opponents in Abha, Saudi Arabia last week.
“No game is simple. Last game we played well only scoring was lacking. This game we are better prepared” said the Indian centre-back.
He said that he does not feel any extra pressure in the absence of experienced defensive mainstay Sandesh Jhingan.
“Injuries are part of the game. My job is to focus on my task and give my 100 per cent,” he said.
Ali extended his best wishes to captain Sunil Chhetri who will be playing his 150th international match on Tuesday.
He hoped that Chhetri could serve the Indian national team longer.
Chhetri first donned the senior national team jersey on June 12, 2005, in a friendly match against Pakistan in Quetta. He also scored in the 1-1 draw.
Since then, he has made 149 appearances for the national team, netting a record 93 goals.
Chhetri would be felicitated during the match.
The Blue Tigers had last played in Guwahati five years ago, when they suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Oman in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup preliminary joint qualifiers.
Match starts at 7pm IST.


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