New Delhi, Aug 28 - India’s chief football coach Wim Koevermans credited Nepal for holding the hosts to a goalless draw in a rain-marred Nehru Cup football match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Tuesday.
The Dutch said Nepal adjusted well to the poor underfoot conditions. Persistent downpour and heavy downfield made life difficult for both the teams but Nepal put on an inspiring performance, he said.
“Unfortunately that the game had to be played in a pitch such as this. Conditions were same for both teams so I can not blame the pitch,” said Koevermans.
The coach said Nepal adjusted to the situation quicker than the hosts.
“We didn’t play well in the first half. Nepal played much better than us. They adjusted to the conditions quicker. Our players didn’t take any risks but it was a better performance in the second half. We had two great chances but failed to take them,” Koevarmans said.
The Dutch said India are still in the race to make their third consecutive Nehru Cup final.
“We are still in the race to get into the finals. Our players were under a bit of pressure. We defended with everything we had. The boys were disappointed at the first half but in the second half they had two very big chances – one from Robin Singh and the other from Jewel Raja Sheikh,” he said.
Nepal coach Krishna Thapa was happy with his team’s performance.
“We gave India a tough fight. We were determined to get at least one point and the boys accomplished that,” he said.