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Medeira mulls changes ahead of Malaysia friendly


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Kolkata: Keeping the SAFF Cup in mind, coach Savio Medeira is set to ring in changes and try out new players when the Indian football team takes on Malaysia in the second friendly international, to be held here on Wednesday.

The first match, at Guwahati on Sunday, had ended in a draw with both teams scoring a goal each.

“We have decided to give every player a fair chance. There’s a reason why they are here. The SAFF Championship is round the corner and we need to plan and try out players accordingly,” Medeira stressed.

“Playing in Kolkata would be an added pressure as the expectations would be high. But at the same time, we need to cash in on the home support,” he added.

The match is set to attract the attention of the fans as the football-crazy city is hosting an international match, involving India, after a long time, and the team under new coach Medeira would be keen to record a win.

“Savio has associated been with the team in various capacities and his knowledge would come in handy. He knows what the players want,” veteran midfielder Climax Lawrence said.Both the teams have played 28 times so far with India winning 10 and Malaysia 11.

Seven matches, including the one at Guwahati, have ended in draws.Meanwhile, responding to media reports, RIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta officially denied having said anything regarding colours of tickets printed for the forthcoming I-League match between McDowell Mohun Bagan and Kingfisher East Bengal, to be held at the Salt Lake Stadium on November 20.Rather he supports the fact that any I-League club has the right to print tickets for their home matches of any colour of their choice. (PTI)


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