SAFF U-20 Championship: We can’t be satisfied, says coach Venkatesh ahead of Maldives match

After clinching an 8-0 win against Nepal, India need to ensure a win against Maldives to cement their place in the final.

“If we win our last game, we win and that’s the most important thing,” Venkatesh said on the eve of the Maldives match. “Having said that, we cannot take Maldives lightly. We have to respect them.”

India centre-back Helen Nongtdu echoed the coach’s words, saying it is time for the team to stay focused.

“It’s just the beginning for us. It was just our second win. We have to move on and focus on our next win,” Helen said.

In fact, Venkatesh has warned his boys against complacency after the big win against Nepal.

“It was a great result for us in the last game, but I’ve told the boys to focus on the next game. This is just our second win of the tournament. We have to get three more points,” he said.

The Blue Colts began their campaign in the SAF Under-20 Championships with a 1–2 loss against Bangladesh, but have since gained momentum, scoring 12 goals in the next two matches while conceding none. . Helen attributed the new defensive organization to the team’s mental strength and ability to learn positively from mistakes.

“We made a few mistakes in our first game, but the important thing is that we learned from them. All the boys have shown great character to admit what they did wrong and make amends,” he said. “We came together as a team and figured out how we could combine to deliver the best results.”

India’s match against Maldives begins on Tuesday at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and will be streamed live on the Sportzworks YouTube channel and the XI Sports platform.

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