India football coach Igor Stimac lays focus on recovery ahead of World Cup qualifiers

Igor Stimac stated that recovery was of paramount importance ahead of next week's games against Afghanistan and Oman on November 14 and 19 respectively.

India football team coach Igor Stimac and Anas Edathodika interact during Sunday's training session.   -  AIFF MEDIA

India football team coach Igor Stimac emphasised on his players' recovery as the side trained ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers against Afghanistan and Oman on November 14 and 19 respectively.

“(The) players are coming right from matches and our primary concern is to recover as quickly as possible so that they can hit the ground fresh. Our medical team are taking care of minor niggles. We are trying to utilise every second during the camp and the boys have also responded positively so far,” the coach said.

A confident sounding Anas Edathodika said, who came out of retirement a couple of months ago, said: “After the club commitments, it’s now time for national team duty. We are ready to go full throttle. An away fixture is always going to be difficult but we have to be cautious and grab the opportunities to get the job done.”

Pronay Halder, who is back in the national team fold after King’s Cup, felt the Blue Tigers have enough ammunition at their disposal to achieve the "desired results". “Our team has been in good form and we had played some great football recently. If we can play to our true potential, we can get the desired results in our next two matches,” he said.

Pritam Kotal, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Anas, Pronay and Farukh Choudhary joined the national team camp on Sunday, with the other stars including skipper Sunil Chhetri set to join in the coming days.

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