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AFC Asian Cup: Coach Stephen Constantine Insists India Will Play For A Win

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| March 26 , 2018 , 19:20 IST

India faces Kyrgyzstan in their last league match for AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers. The team has already qualified but coach Stephen Constantine dispelled beliefs of complacency against their opponents.

"We haven't come here to lose. Our objective was to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 and we have achieved our aim. From now on, it's part of our preparation for the Asian Cup to be held next year," Constantine said.

“I always play to win and never to lose. When you represent the National Team you are never playing for a draw. The result might be a draw but we won't play for a draw," he added.

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Bengaluru FC and India’s No.1, Gurpreet Sandhu said that Kyrgyzstan cannot be taken lightly. Kyrgystan had recently defeated Myanmar and qualified for the Asian Cup as well.

India is on top of their Group A with 13 points and this is their second qualification in eight years. The last time the team qualified for the tournament was in 2011.

India already has a victory over Kyrgyzstan, when the two teams faced each other in Bengaluru. Indian Captain Sunil Chhetri had scored the lone goal of the game.