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AFC Asian Cup qualifiers: Indian coach Stephen Constantine sees tri-series as good build-up for Macau clash

New Delhi: National football coach Stephen Constantine feels the upcoming tri-series against Mauritius and St. Kitts will handy practice for the team ahead of its crucial AFC Asian Cup Qualifying match against Macau on 5 September.

"The two matches would immensely benefit our quest to maintain an all-win record in the Asian Cup Qualifiers," Constantine said.

India will play the tri-series between 19 August-24 August in Mumbai.

India head coach Stephen Constantine. Image courtesy: AIFF media

India head coach Stephen Constantine. Image courtesy: AIFF media

India are on top of AFC Asian Cup qualifying Group A at the moment, courtesy back to back victories over Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic.

"Qualification to the 2019 Asian Cup stays the priority. It will be nice to work with the boys again. They will be coming after a long break.

"And we need to work hard for them to attain the fitness levels which are required for an International match," Constantine said. "The boys need to play matches to understand each other better."

India are currently placed 97th in the FIFA rankings after 13 victories in the last 15 matches (including the unofficial match against Bhutan). The team has actually moved up 76 places since March 2015.

India were ranked 171 when Constantine took over as the for the second time in February 2015 and slipped further to 173 in March 2015.

Published Date: Aug 12, 2017 15:02 PM | Updated Date: Aug 12, 2017 15:02 PM

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