As India prepares itself for a stiff challenge against Afghanistan in the 2022 world cup qualifiers, the Indian team will be hoping for a victory to keep their chances for qualifying for Round 3 alive.
The Indian team head coach accepts that the condition in Dushanbe, Tajikistan wont be easy to play football because of low temperature and astro-turf which is their in the stadium.
The 14th November fixture is an important one for India as a victory against the Afghans will help the Indians to bring back their car on track as the Afghans are placed on the third position with 1 win and two draws, with their only victory coming against the Bangaldeshis.
With no direct flight to Dushanbe the Indian team had a tedious schedule and a tough flight itinerary as they had to leave on the 10th of November where the Sunil Chhetri-led Bengaluru F.C faced Chennayin F.C.
“The climatic condition in Dushanbe is very different from what we have experienced in India at this time. It’s very cold and mercury level drops to closer to sub-zero,” Stimac told “Moreover, the match is scheduled on an artificial turf which our players are not used to. Afghanistan have chosen the venue to make others’ life difficult and we have an uphill task in front of us to overcome it,” he added.