Significance of Macau qualifier is huge, says Constantine
Mumbai: National football team coach Stephen Constantine on Sunday termed India's upcoming Asian Cup qualifier against Macau as one of the most significant encounters in country's footballing history.
India, who are on top of their group in Asian Cup qualifier, need to beat Macau on October 11 home game, which will ensure their qualification for the tournament proper for the first time after 2011. A win means that result of the last two games will be inconsequential.
"We have three more games, but the most important game is one against Macau on October 11. This will be one of the most significant in our history. If we manage to win this game, we qualify for the Asian Cup, which would be a tremendous achievement for Indian Football," Constantine told reporters here on sidelines of the team's training.
The last time India played Asian Cup under Irish coach Bob Houghton, they ran into Australia, South Korea and Bahrain at the group league stage.
"The boys know the importance of the game, they know what this could mean for them, Indian football and everybody connected with Indian football. It is not just a big game and hopefully we will get the three points," he explained.