Alexander Krestinin, the head coach of the Kyrgyz Republic national team, expressed that his team is seeking nothing less than ‘a revenge’ against the group-leaders India tomorrow, March 27.
“Despite playing a valiant football, we lost in India and now we have the opportunity for a revenge in our home. We will, by no means, let the opportunity go off our hands,” Krestinin expressed.
The Kyrgyz Republic are three points shy of India having played 5 matches in the qualification round and the Central Asian team have already qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup – UAE akin to their counterpart.
The coach stressed that tomorrow is a match where “both teams would start from zero.”
“Yes, we have already qualified but the qualification process isn’t over yet. Tomorrow is a new match and we both will have to start from zero. We’re ready for the challenge and we are ready to face India at our home.”
Moreover, they secured the 2019 AFC Asian Cup – UAE confirmation berth having hammered Myanmar a mammoth 5-1 victory in their last outing. Coach lauded his team’s performance and stated that they would like to continue the momentum tomorrow as well.
“We had a great victory against Myanmar to qualify but the process is still on. Our preparation is going according to the plan and we look to secure another victory ahead of our own fans,” the 39-year-old gaffer opined.
Skipper Anton Zemlyanukhin got another feather to his cap recently having scored the maximum number of goals for the national team but the striker brushed it aside before the final encounter of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification round.
Incidentally, the coach had to substitute him pretty early owing to an injury in the previous leg played in Bengaluru. The prolific striker stated that he would like to make amends for that miss tomorrow.
“Firstly, I would like to share this credit with all my teammates but most importantly, that’s going to play no part in tomorrow’s game. Unfortunately, I had to come out of the pitch too early in the previous leg. I’ll try my best to make the opportunity count in front of our own supporters”, Zemlyanukhin sounded confident.