Ahead of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship tournament in December, Maldives coach Istavan Urbanyi wants his team to pull together.
The islanders are the reigning champions in the region and want to defend their prize in Bangladesh.
“We need to join hands in order to keep the crown. Everyone in this country wants to retain the trophy and we should together work for success,” he told maldivesoccer.com.
Maldives are happy to have avoided the hosts and to have been grouped with India, Afghanistan and Nepal.
“I am pleased with the draw. We got the easier group compared to the other one. But none of the teams in our group is weak either. We have to play and show our commitment at maximum to retain the trophy in Maldives,” he said.
“India is the strongest in our group. I have seen their matches in Nehru Cup and we have to give our maximum.”
“We don’t know much about Afghanistan. They have mostly players who are playing in Germany in their squad. So for sure they would be strong.”
“Nepal is an emerging nation in our region. So we should not underestimate any team in our group.”