India set their sights on qualifying for the 2026 World Cup as Praful Patel grew to become their first consultant on the highly effective FIFA Council on Saturday.
Patel, one in all six Asian delegates elected to the Council on the Asian Soccer Confederation Congress, mentioned the World Cup was the subsequent massive step for India after making nice strides in recent times.
India’s confidence has grown after a optimistic Asian Cup in January, the place they returned to the match after eight years and have been unfortunate to not attain the second spherical.
“I personally really feel that amongst all of the nations in Asia there’s a super goodwill for India, and (additionally) China ought to be way more concerned within the recreation and in addition the AFC and FIFA,” Patel mentioned in Kuala Lumpur.
“We ought to be placing our greatest efforts to guarantee that the Indian workforce qualifies in 2026 for the World Cup,” he added.
Nevertheless, India are additionally looking for a brand new coach after Englishman Stephen Constantine give up following their Asian Cup exit after a last-gasp defeat to Bahrain.