NEW DELHI, May 14: India international Udanta Singh feels that the Kings Cup tournament in Thailand next month will be a chance to show the upward graph in national team�s performance after its creditable show at the Asian Cup earlier this year.
The Indian team was on the verge of making to the knock-out rounds of the Asian Cup in the UAE in January before a late goal by Bahrain dashed its hopes. The team will play in the Kings Cup starting June 5 in Thailand.
�In the AFC Asian Cup, we showed what we are capable of. We were unlucky not to progress through to the next round. But our win over Thailand was a statement of our abilities as a young team,� Udanta said.
�We can only go upwards from here and the Kings Cup will be another good platform to grow,� the India winger was quoted as saying by the official website of the All India Football Federation.
India play Caribbean nation Curacao in their opening match of the King�s Cup on June 5 at Buriram, Thailand.
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