India coach Stephen Constantine aims to build a team for future ahead of AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers

Doha: Indian national football team coach Stephen Constantine, presently in charge of the India U-23 side, prefers 'long-term goals' rather than looking for quick results from the forthcoming AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers which kicks-off in Doha on Wednesday.

India are scheduled to play Syria in their opening match of the tournament this Wednesday.

The Indian football team. Twitter@/IndianFootball

The Indian football team. Twitter@/IndianFootball

"I've been a person who have always preferred to build a team for the future. I'm working with this bunch of guys so that a few may come up the ranks and land up with the senior national team in the coming days," Constantine said in the pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday.

The Indian U-23 side are coming into tournament on the back of a two-week long camp in New Delhi followed by two back-to-back international friendlies against Singapore.

In 2016, Syria had made it to the finals of the AFC U-23 AFC Championship, but their campaign didn't go as planned.

"This tournament is of immense importance for us and I believe, as it is for every team here. We'll give our best to qualify from this group," Syrian coach Hussein Afash mentioned

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2017 18:54 PM

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