GUWAHATI, Feb 14 - India will try to regain the menís football title in the South Asian Games which they last won in 1995 at Chennai.
The host team will lock horns with Nepal in the summit clash tomorrow at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium, Sarusajai here tomorrow and the kick off time is 7 pm.
Considering the performance so far, India seems to be the favourite to win the crown. The team will definitely enjoy the home ground advantage as few of the team members have the taste of playing on this ground in the ISL.
It was a disappointing beginning for India in the championship as they lost the opening match against Sri Lanka. But the team staged a brilliant fightback beating Maldives in the second match of the pool and earning a berth in the semis. In the semifinal India outclassed Bangladesh 3-0.
In comparison to the pool matches India were seen as a far improved side in the semifinal. Indian coach Lee Alan Johnson said the team improved tremendously as soon as the venue was shifted from SAI ground to Sarusajai. Ho also hoped that in the final the performance of the team will be much better.
Players like Kumam Udanta Singh and Mawihmingthanga are in good touch and much could be expected from these players tomorrow.
Indian defence line also showed great deal of determination and they have been able to contain the opponent attackers. The Nepal team on the other hand showed tremendous fighting spirit in the semifinal against Maldives where they netted two goals in extra time.
Although they entered the semifinal stage as a second team in the group, they put up a spirited show against Maldives.