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‘Every game is essential for us’

Indian football team coach Wim Koevermans says the upcoming international friendly against Palestine will be a ‘very important test’ for some players and it will help him make his choices ahead of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers.

‘The friendly will help me make my choices. It’s an important test for some players, a very important one. Obviously prior to the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers, we will have a training camp in Pune where we will spend over two weeks on the training pitch,’ Koevermans said on Sunday.

Asked how significant is the Palestine match, the Dutchman said, ‘Every game is important for the national team. We want to gain as much experience as possible and improve ourselves at the same time. Unless you improve, you won’t step up the ladder in FIFA rankings.’

He further said that the match is ‘an opportunity to see players and gauge their present form’. Koevermans, travelled across the country to spot talents said, ‘We just can’t break the dynamics of the team especially after the foundation which we laid in the Nehru Cup. We need to sustain that.’


KAPUR WINS KENSVILLE CHALLENGE, THREE INDIANS IN TOP 10

After seven years in wilderness, Indian golfer Shiv Kapur today notched up his second successive title, winning the third edition of the Gujarat Kensville Challenge golf by two strokes, on Sunday. Going into the final round with a lead of four shots, Kapur suffered an early wobble, before steadying himself to bring home a card of one-under 71 to set a tournament record total of 14-under 274 here. Kapur, who had set a new course of 65 in the third round, was two storkes ahead of Andrew McArthur, who aggregated 12-under 276 at the Kensville Golf and Country Club. Four-time Challenge Tour winner, Philip Archer (69), who at one stage came within one shot of Kapur, ended third at 11-under 277. There was more good news for the Indians as veteran Mukesh Kumar (69) sank three birdies in last five holes to get into a tie for fifth place at seven-under 281, while last year’s runner-up Gangjee (69) and the 2011 Kensville champion, Bhullar (70), shared eighth place.
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