SAFF Cup preview: Determined India take on formidable Afghanistan in final

India have won the trophy six times in the first nine editions having failed to reach the semis only once.

updated: September 10, 2013 14:36 IST
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Kathmandu: Having notched up a morale-boosting semifinal victory against Maldives, defending champions Indian team will try to maintain their supremacy in the SAFF Football Championship when they take on a tough Afghanistan in the summit clash here on Wednesday.

On paper, Afghans are a superior side with a FIFA ranking of 139 to India's 145 as well as seven of their first XI footballers plying their trade in the lower tier leagues of the United States and Germany.

Medio Mustafa Azadzoy and defender Mustafa Hadid play in German league while forward Mohammed Yusuf has played in the US.

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