The Indian national football team has already qualified for the 2019 AFC Asain Cup with two qualifiers still to play. The home match against Myanmar on November 14 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa will be more like a preparatory match for the ‘Blue Tigers’ and an opportunity for Stephen Constantine to check the bench strength. On the other hand, Myanmar must win this match to keep their qualification chances alive. They are going to give their all in the tough away tie.
Let us take a look at the players who might play a vital role in the upcoming match:
#5 Bikash Jairu
After a long-term injury, midfielder Bikash Jairu was called up for the national squad for the upcoming fixture against Myanmar. The man from Sikkim may not be one of the youngest on the pitch, but he is definitely a livewire, and can pose a big threat to the opposition side.
A very crafty player, Jairu can make long runs with the ball at a fast pace, which often creates an opening for the team. He played 2nd Division I-League until he caught the attention of Goa-based team Salgaocar in 2013, making his I-League debut early in 2014. The following year, he signed for East Bengal and subsequently was roped in by ISL outfit FC Pune City for the 2015 season, and finally made his International debut in 2015.
Though Eugenson Lyngdoh and Jakichand Singh have been the regulars in the midfield, the services of Jairu will also be handy for the ‘Blue Tigers’ for the all-important Asian Cup. Stephen Constantine would like to test his abilities during matches like these.