‘Bangladesh match perfect stage for first win of WC qualifiers’
Guwahati: Striker Manvir Singh, who was impressive in the Indian football team’s goalless draw against Qatar last month, on Monday said that upcoming World Cup qualifiers match against Bangladesh would be the “perfect stage” to notch up the first win of the campaign. After the memorable draw against Asian champions Qatar in Doha, an upbeat India take on Bangladesh in their third match of the second round qualifiers on October 15 in Kolkata.
“It’s going to be a perfect stage for us to get our first win in the campaign and we’re eager to achieve that,” Manvir said on the sidelines of the ongoing preparatory camp here, which kicked off on October 3. “I played in Kolkata for a short stint and was mesmerised seeing the passion amongst the fans about the game,” he added.
The Punjab-born striker, who made 80 per cent successful passes against Qatar, was praised by none other than captain Sunil Chhetri who, unfortunately, could not play his part in that match due to an illness.
“I honestly don’t know whether I deserve to be praised like this. Sunil bhai said a lot of good things about me in front of everyone and even he wished me after the game personally. It’s huge for me,” Manvir said.