GUWAHATI, Nov 5 – Indian football team coach Wim Koevermans hopes India will beat their superior ranked Yemen in the international friendly to be played at the Sarusajai stadium here on November 14.
Koevermans, who was here to visit the match venue, attended a press conference today where he showed his confidence that although Yemen is a better ranked team in FIFA rankings, the present Indian players are capable of beating them.
He revealed that after winning the Nehru Gold Cup, the confidence level of the Indian team players has soared. Koevermans also expressed his satisfaction over the present batch of Indian players and hoped that next year India will be able to perform satisfactorily in international tournaments.
The former Dutch international however, agreed that it will be a tough job for India to topple Asian giants like Japan, Korea, etc., in the near future. He revealed that Asian countries like South Korea, Japan, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and others are far ahead. India have to adopt proper planning to reach a reasonable height, he added.
On I-League matches he opined that the standard of the matches are not up to the mark. He advised the organisers to hold the matches under lights so that players can perform better.
He also expressed satisfaction over the Sarujasai ground but advised the Assam Football Association to put some more effort to improve the pitch. Koevermans expects a good crowd at the match.
The Indian team will arrive here on November 11 and will have practice sessions.