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Constantine-led team get praises from ex-footballers

Constantine-led team get praises from ex-footballers

New Delhi: Former footballers on Wednesday heaped praise on the Stephen Constantine led India team ahead of their AFC Asian Cup qualifiers away fixture against Macau on September 5.

India maintained their unbeaten 10-match run after registering a 1-1 draw against St.Kitts and Nevis in their previous fixture to lift the Tri-Nation cup. "The 2011 Asian Cup was a huge learning experience for us. This present team is on a roll and are very close to repeating the feat. Make it count, Constantine has brought in a fighting spirit into the team and that provides our boys a cutting edge over their opponents," former India right back Deepak Mondal said.
Ex-India centre back Mahesh Gawli, who made 20 appearances for East Bengal in 2003-04 said: "As former footballers, we look for an upward graph of our national team. I'm really happy that they are doing well. I wish all the best for their forthcoming match against Macau."
Mondal and Gawli praised the current defensive line-up consisting of players like captain Sadesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Pritam Kotal, Narayan Das, Anas Edathodika, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Lalruatthara. "I learnt they didn't concede a goal for 300-odd minutes. That's stupendous in international football. It shows that the defenders, goalkeeper are perfectly synchronised and they've to maintain this until the job is finished," Mondal said.

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