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India lose SAFF Championship, Maldives Vs India 2-1, SAFF Championship

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India lose SAFF Championship final, but plenty of positives for Young side

India could have lifted their 8th SAFF Championship trophy today, but Maldives turned out to be better team. They defeated India 2-1 to clinch the regional trophy. But despite the final loss, India have plenty of positives to take home.

Stephen Constantine took India’s U-23 team for SAFF Championship challenge to Bangladesh giving rest to our established players. It came as a great learning experience for the young squad as they dragged the team into the final of SAFF Suzuki Cup.

India lost to Maldives 2-1 in the final. Ibrahim Mahudhee’s early strike and Ali Fasir’s second-half goal proved enough for Maldives to lift the regional trophy as India could only find a consolation in Sumeet Passy’s injury-time goal.

However, Indian fans shouldn’t be disappointed by India loss. There are plenty of positives to take home from this trip to Bangladesh. Indian national team coach Stephen Constantine himself said, “Let’s not forget that this is a very young team. This will be a good learning experience from them. I’m proud of what they did in this competition.

Yes, he has every right to back his young squad. He has plenty of positives from this team. Constantine himself has admitted that he doesn’t see many promising attackers in Indian national team after Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, and Balwant Singh, but this trip proved him wrong.

Sumeet Passi, Ashique Kuruniyan, Manvir Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangt, and Farukh Chowdhuary proved that they have enough to fill in the boots of outgoing forwards in upcoming years. All of them got the chance to shine and they proved their potential during the SAFF Championship matches.

India have a bright future in their youngsters and they can rely on them in future. It’s not about India’s golden generation, the future is also in good hands. We must support our national team. Victory and defeats will come. It’s part and parcel of the game, but the important thing is the experience we gain playing away with our young squad. We must appreciate that, boys gave their 100%. They put in good efforts in absence of our star players who are preparing themselves for the AFC Asian Cup.

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