India face arch-rival Pakistan in semifinals

India coach Stephen Constantine.

Dhaka, September 10: Be it a Football match or any other sport, there are a handful of sports rivalries across the globe which can match up to the sheer frenzy created by a face-off between India and Pakistan.

The wait isn’t long anymore as after a prolonged gap of 5 years; the two countries will be meeting in an official match at the SAFF Suzuki Cup semifinal on Wednesday in Dhaka.

A couple of days prior to the high-profile clash, Pakistan’s Central Defender Zesh Rehman and Captain Saddam Hossain felt that “such a match is special,” and that the players “need to give that bit extra” to end up on the winning side.

“It’s always special to play India. I believe it’s same for the Indian players too when they play against Pakistan,” Zesh Rehman, the first player from the SAFF region to have played in the EPL, stated.

“The match has a lot of history. The emotions involved is huge. The rivalry pushes everyone to give that extra bit,” the former Fulham defender added.

“This particular match means a lot to both the countries and the players. The adrenaline rush around this match is profuse. We have to be very cautious and can’t afford to let the emotions take over us,” he smiled.

Over the years, Rehman has plied his trade in Club Football for Fulham, QPR, Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and many more during his illustrious career.


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