We need to rectify our mistakes before Maldives game: Constantine

Indian football team's chief coach Stephen Constantine Thursday said that although he was happy with the 2-0 win over Sri Lanka in the SAFF Cup opener, he expects a better performance in the coming matches.

"We need to rectify the mistakes before the next match. We started off with a good win but I am not happy with the performance. We could have scored quite a few goals more," Constantine said.

He wants the U-23 team to play smart football.

Ashique Kuruniyan, who was adjudged as the Most Valuable Player of the Match, said: "We won, but we missed many chances. We have to be quick enough on the field to utilise those opportunities."

"I am extremely happy to have scored my first International goal. I need to deliver more for the national team."

Meanwhile, Constantine, said there should be more players in the pipeline to put pressure on the seniors.

"We have already qualified to the AFC Asian Cup and from now, we need to have more players in the pipeline so that we can put pressure on senior players to push themselves more," he said.

"We have just preferred to stick to our ideas to provide these young boys with an opportunity to get some more international game time."

India will take on Maldives in the final group-stage match on Sunday.

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