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Bengaluru’s Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, who was also part of India’s U-23 SAFF Cup in Dhaka recently, chose his own future with complete support from his parents.
India have won so far seven SAFF Championship titles while they have qualified for the final in 10 of the 11 editions.
Boys need to perform consistently for selection in Asian Cup squad: Indian football coach Stephen Constantine
With India having secured a summit clash with Maldives in the final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup, Constantine said the final will be a tough one.
India will now meet Maldives in the summit clash on Saturday.
India are slated to take on Pakistan in the semi-final of the SAFF Cup on September 12 at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka.
Maiden international goals from Nikhil Poojary (36th minute) and Manvir Singh (45th) helped India defeat Maldives and finish on top of Group B with six points.
In the past, India have got the better of Maldives 13 times out of 18, while Maldives have won twice.
We need to rectify our mistakes before Maldives game: Indian football team coach Stephen Constantine
Constantine said there should be more players in the pipeline to put pressure on the seniors.
India, who are currently ranked 96 in the latest FIFA rankings, have been on the winning side 15 times against their neighbours out of the 22 face-offs so far.
Defending champions India have won the title seven times and would start as a favourite when Bangladesh hosts the event for the third time from September 4 to 15.
In group A, the tournament hosts Bangladesh, will go head-to-head with Nepal, Pakistan, and Bhutan after an exciting ceremony at the Pan Pacific Hotel Sonargaon.
Coming on as a second-half substitute, the then 18-year-old scored twice as India sealed their spot in the SAFF Cup semifinals on 27 December 2015 and intends to make a comeback.