Nepal under pressure to win

KATHMANDU: After opening their campaign with a 0-3 loss against Yemen in the AFC Under 19 Championship Group A qualifiers, Nepal are taking on Kyrgyzstan here at the Dasharath Stadium on Tuesday.

The Nepali team failed to live up the expectations in their opening game against Yemenand will look to correct their mistakes. Nepali coach Raju Kaji Shakya said the team would show their true colors against the Kyrgyz team.

“After conceding a suicide goal in the first half our boys were quite confused regarding their positions and setting the game against Yemen. We will especially work on them,” said the coach.

Although the big names in the squad, Rohit Chand and Dipak Bhushal sustained minor injuries in the first match, coach Shakya hinted there would be no change in the playing set on Tuesday. “After losing the first match, we are under tremendous pressure to win. “I am not in the situation to take risk keeping the key players in the bench,” he added.

The Nepali camp is also aware of the mistakes and are prepared not to repeat those in their second match. “The players have learned from the mistakes and

they have been telling me that they would give their 100 per cent in their second match,” said the coach.

Nepal are under pressure to win all the remaining matches to keep alive their hopes to finish at the top position to qualify for the finals. After playing Kyrgyzstan, Nepal will face the tournament favourites Jordan and Tajikistan along with Palestine.

The Nepali side would be a little relieved while playing Kyrgyzstan as they will also be playing in pressure after suffering a humiliating 4-0 loss against Tajikistan. As the Kyrgyz coach Vladimir Alsandrov said his team is unaware of the hosts potential, it could be an advantage for the home side.