Teams should only be judged on the ground, says India football coach Wim Koevermans

The Dutchman's comment was in reply to Afghanistan's assistant coach Ali Jawad Attaii's assessment that they are "technically and physically" far more superior than the Indians.

updated: September 10, 2013 18:50 IST
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Kathmandu: Indian football coach Wim Koevermans on Tuesday made his displeasure obvious as he shot back at his team's critics in the ongoing SAFF Championship here, saying it's not lip-service but "performance on the ground" that matters.

From Maldives to Afghanistan, the defending champions' opponents in tomorrow's final, Koevermans' boys have been criticised and dubbed "inferior" by the opposing teams.

"It's up to them to think about us like this. But the only place where the judgement is made is on the ground. That's where the real fight is," Koevermans said.

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