Doha: India will have a mountain to climb when they take on hosts Qatar in their second match in Group C of AFC U23 qualifying tournament at the Al Sadd Stadium on Friday.
“Qatar is a strong squad. We respect them. Their main advantage is that the boys are under the same coach (Felix) since last three years,” said India coach Stephen Constantine.
The 54-year-old said that Akram Afif, who scored both the goals against Turkmenistan on Wednesday, is one of the dangerous players in the Qatar team.
“I’ve heard he played at Sevilla and Villareal on loan. He’s a good striker. Abdullah Abdulsalam is also good,” added Constantine, whose team lost to Syria 0-2 in the opening match.
India fought well, but the West Asians totally dominated the game in the second period, both in terms of possession and chances created.
The Indian coach exuded confidence his team will play for pride.
“We’ll play with a strong mentality. The boys have little international match experience. We’ll try to put up a fight,” he said.
In another match, Syria will take on Turkmenistan, who lost to Qatar 0-2.