India vs Qatar: Igor Stimac announces 18-day national team camp

Indian national team coach Igor Stimac announced an 18-day national team camp to "utilise the maximum time possible" before the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Qatar.

Igor Stimac's Indian national team will play Qatar on March 26.

Igor Stimac's Indian national team will play Qatar on March 26.   -  Special Arrangement

Indian national team coach Igor Stimac announced an 18-day national team camp to "utilise the maximum time possible" before the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Qatar, which is scheduled to be played in Bhubaneswar on March 26.

"Time is very crucial for us. We have planned to utilise the maximum time possible, so we want to see as many players as possible before the Qatar match. As some players won't be able to join the camp because of their club commitments before the 16th, we'll use this time to assess other players," head coach Igor Stimac said.

23 members have been called up in the first phase of the training camp in Bhubaneswar on March 9 before 20 other players, from four Indian Super League semi-finalist teams, join on March 16.

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Meanwhile, Sandesh Jhingan and Jeje Lalpekhlua, who were undergoing a prolonged rehabilitation session following their injury layoffs, have been named in the first batch of players.

"Sandesh (Jhingan) and Jeje (Lalpekhlua) have been longstanding servers of Indian national team and I strongly believe in their abilities. I have been updated about their current medical status and we'll monitor them closely in Bhubaneswar too," Stimac added, "Amarjit is also someone who can be very influential on the pitch. We want to see him as well along with others."

Jeakson Singh, who scored against Colombia in the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2017, has also earned his maiden call-up for the senior team camp.

"It's a dream come true for me. Scoring the goal against Colombia is something that I shall always cherish but now I want to prove myself here. Sharing the dressing room with ones who I've always looked up to, is going to be a remarkable experience for me," he said.

 

List of the 23 players who have been called up on March 9:

Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Md. Rafique Ali Sardar

Defenders: Pratik Prabhakar Chowdhary, Shubham Sarangi, Subhasish Bose, Narender, Adil Khan, Sandesh Jhingan

Midfielders: Rowllin Borges, Amarjit Singh, Jeakson Singh, Nandhakumar Sekar, Lalengmawia, Vinit Rai, Raynier Fernandes, Nikhil Poojary, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Halicharan Narzary, Sahal Abdul Samad

Forwards: Farukh Choudhary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Liston Colaco

 

List of the 20 players who will join on March 16, after ISL final:

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Prabhsukhan Gill

Defenders: Prabir Das, Rahul Bheke, Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Sumit Rathi, Seriton Fernandes, Mandar Rao Dessai

Midfielders: Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Brandon Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Jackichand Singh

Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh, Soosai Raj Micheal

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