Local boys Pritam Kotal and Subhasish Bose are thrilled on the prospect of taking part in in entrance of the home crowd when the Indian soccer staff takes the sphere in its AFC Asian Cup remaining qualifying spherical matches on the Salt Lake Stadium from June 8.
“Kolkata is the Mecca of Indian football. So many clubs have dedicated fans here and it’s great that they will all come together to cheer for India,” mentioned Subhasish, in a video interview posted on the All India Football Federation portal.
Pritam seems forward to taking advantage of crowd assist as India performs at home, for the primary time in three years, its Group D matches towards Cambodia (June 8), Afghanistan (June 11) and Hong Kong (June 14).
“We have not played in front of our fans for a long time due to the pandemic. I would like to encourage the fans to come and support us,” mentioned Pritam.
“We need to qualify for the Asian Cup and all of us are completely focused on the task. We need to take it match by match. All teams are capable of defeating the other in the group and it will be very tight,” he mentioned.
Subhasish recalled the final version in 2019, when the Blue Tigers performed in entrance of packed stands in the UAE.
“So many Indian fans had come to the ground there. We could not make it to the knockouts. We would love to go one better. But first, we need to qualify,” Subhasish mentioned.