Sandesh Jhingan: 'Need to play tough opponents before Asia Cup'

The Intercontinental Cup is envisaged by the AIFF as a preparatory ground for next year's AFC Asian Cup.

Sandesh Jhingan: "We like to play against tough teams who will keep you on your toes, that is how you learn."   -  ISL / SPORTZPICS

Sandesh Jhingan, India’s central defender, is looking forward to the prospect of facing rivals known for their physical brand of football.

Kenya, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei are the other sides in the Intercontinental Cup - a four-nation competition envisaged by the AIFF as a preparatory ground for next year's AFC Asian Cup - starting from June 1 at the Mumbai Football Arena. “We need to play as many games against tough opponents in our preparations for the Asia Cup. It will test our abilities and we'll get to know our weaknesses as well.”

“Teams in the Asia Cup like Bahrain and UAE like physical play, so matches against a physical side like Kenya will be useful. We like to play against tough teams who will keep you on your toes, that is how you learn,” said the defender during an interaction at the MFA.

“Boys are looking forward to the tournament. The dressing room atmosphere is healthy, everyone is keen to learn.”

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