SAFF Suzuki Cup
Pakistan, India lock horns in semis today
Nepal coach hoping for local supports
Pakistan and India, the two archrivals will engage in the second semi-final match of the 12th edition of SAFF Championship today (Wednesday) at 7.30pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Before that, Nepal will meet the Maldives in the first semi-final at 4.00pm at the same venue.
FIFA 201st ranked Pakistan had secured the semis as the runners-up of Group-A while 96th ranked India came to play the semis as Group-B champions.
Playing a total of 23 matches against Pakistan, India won 14 matches while six matches saw draws.
Before their 24th match, India assistant coach Shanmugam Venkatesh agrees that a match between India and Pakistan is always a matter of psychological pressure wherever it is. Besides, it is more important for them as they will not be able to secure the final if they lose it. The coach said that they are taking it as a challenge.
?Pakistan coach José Antonio Nogueira says that they are hopeful to present the fans a enjoyable match and want to win to play the final.
The first match challengers, Nepal and the Maldives are also geared up for the match.
161st ranked Nepal were the champions of Group-A while 200th ranked the Maldives were the runners-up of Group-B.
Nepal coach Bal Gopal Maharjan believed that the local football fans are going to support since Bangladesh are already eliminated from the event.
He says that Dhaka is a lucky venue for Nepal as the team had clinched their first trophy of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup.
The Maldives coach Petar Segrt says that the statistics are in favour of their opponents but his team will not look at the statistic in that steed they will try to focus on doing well.