Everyone is disappointed with India's SAFF finals loss: AIFF General Secretary
All India Football Federation (AIFF) Secretary General, Kushal Das is disappointed with India's performance in the just completed South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) cup. The Indian team lost the finals of the competition against Afghanistan, 2-0.
In an exclusive chat with nnis sports, Kushal Das said that everyone is disheartened with India's loss in the finals of the championship. India
was expected to win the title this year as well, which would have completed their hat-trick of titles, with India turning victorious on last two occasions among other years as well. Two years back Afganistan lost 0-4 to India in New Delhi
during the SAFF finals. Now, they have come back strong.
When asked to AIFF General Secretary about the loss, he said, “Of course the boys are extremely disappointed, coach is extremely disappointed and we are disappointed. But I will again say, that I was there watching the match and the kind of football India played, I haven't seen for a long time and that gives me some satisfaction,” reported nnis.
Talking about the performance of the teams, he said “First we didn't score, we should have scored, we should have won, but it didn't happen. But at the same time I must say and I also mentioned it during my presentation that other countries are also developing very very quickly. Afghanistan was very good in 2011 too, many of their players play in Germany and some of the minor leagues across Europe, they are a very skillful team.”
If someone has followed India's recent performances, one can understand as to where Indian football is heading towards. They lost 0-1 to Myanmar in March, 0-3 to Tajikistan in August, drew with Bangladesh 1-1, lost 1-2 to Nepal, and lost 0-2 in finals with Afghanistan. In February 2013 the Afghans were ranked 189th in the world, twenty-two places below India, but now they are 129th, six places above India. One needs to give credit, where it is due, as Afghanistan has been taking rapid strides in the sport.