Nepal vs Tajikistan (Live)

September 5, 2017

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Nepal and Tajikistan will be locking horns in their third match of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers to be held at the ANFA Complex on Tuesday.

Coaches of both the team, Gyotoku Koji (Nepal) and Fuzaylov Khakim (Tajikistan), are eyeing for victory to strengthen their chances of qualifying to the main round that will be held in UAE in 2019.

Nepal have earned a point from their last two fixtures, while Tajikistan are yet to bag a point.

Nepal team head coach Gyotoku Koji said the match carries high importance for him as it will decide the team's fate in the qualifiers.

"We will go for a point if not a win," said Koji in the pre-match press –meet held at the ANFA Complex on Monday.
"I have watched Tajikistan's matches and analyzed their performance but it’s not necessary that they will play that way. We will have to see how they play and plan our strategy accordingly," he added.

Answering to queries about Nepal's training camp in Japan, Koji said that he has a long term vision for Nepali football and the training camp in Japan was a right step taken towards implementing the goals.

It has been one and half year since Koji has been with the squad, and he acknowledged that the team had improved over the time.

"We have 23 players in the squad and they have made it this far because they have worked hard. I don’t want to stress on a particular player. Anybody in my team can be in the starting lineup," he said referring to the inclusion of George Prince Karki in the team.

On the other hand, Tajikistan Head Coach Fuzaylov Khakim's take on the tomorrow's clash was pretty much similar to his counterpart's.

Having suffered losses in both their matches, Khakim said that it was important for his team to bag all their points to survive the cut throat competition.

Playing in an artificial pitch does not pose any problem to his team as they are familiar to playing in such conditions, he added.

"We have watched Nepal's match against Yemen and they gave a fighting performance. I believe that the match will be tough as both teams require points to carry on," he said. "Though we are playing away from home we have not felt that pressure."

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