India are keen on sustaining the momentum gained from the 3-0 win over Sri Lanka as they take on the Maldives in the semi-final of the Saff U-18 Championships in Kathmandu on Friday.

India, who were held to a goalless draw by Bangladesh, bounced back against the Lankans in their last group league match, but they had to wait till stoppage time to seal the victory as they scored two goals in added time.

“It was a matter of getting into our playing style which we have been practicing in training sessions – keeping the ball, good positioning, build-ups, high intensity, penetrations and the ability to create good chances. I am sure we will only get better as the tournament progresses,” head coach Floyd Pinto stated.

“I am happy with the performance against Sri Lanka. But we need to replicate it every day to achieve the desired results. We would like to stay with our improvements in the semi-final against Maldives,” he added.

Gurkirat Singh, who scored a brace against Sri Lanka, informed that the mood in the camp is “very positive” ahead of the semi-final.

“As coach stated, we need to carry on and better ourselves. We are ready for the semi-finals. We are aware it won’t be easy. But we will go in with a plan, and do our best to execute it.”

“We were aware of the challenge against Sri Lanka. They were tough, physical, and good at the set-pieces. We just kept on going, and were eventually rewarded,” he explained.