India announces 24-member team for AFC Asian Cup qualifier

A 24-member Indian National Team squad will leave Mumbai later tonight for India’s back to back matches - the International Friendly against Cambodia in Phnom Penh, and the inaugural Group A League match against Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, UAE 2019.

Jeje Lalpekhlua will again be leading the striking line-up, while Sumeet Passi has been dropped.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar (File photo)

A 24-member Indian National Team squad will leave Mumbai later tonight for India’s back to back matches - the International Friendly against Cambodia in Phnom Penh, and the inaugural Group A League match against Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, UAE 2019.

While the International Friendly against Cambodia is slated for March 22, the match against Myanmar is scheduled for March 28, 2017.

National Coach Stephen Constantine said “it was lovely to be back to train in Mumbai.”

“I need to thank the Western India Football Association headed by Mr. Praful Patel and Mr. Aditya Thackeray for their hospitality and help. I admire their passion for the National Team. We didn’t face any obstacle during our training process,” he stated.

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“The character showed by the boys in the Camp has been exemplary. They worked very hard and we are looking forward to getting a result in both the matches,” he added. “We are ready for the dual challenge.”

Referring to the match against Myanmar, Constantine maintained that the host would “start as favourites.”

“They have qualified on merit for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. They are a very strong side at home. It will be a very difficult match for us.”

The list of 24 stay is follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, TP Rehneesh.

DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Anas Edathodika, Dhanpal Ganesh, Fulganco Cardozo, Narayan Das, Jerry Lanrinzuala.

MIDFIELDERS: Jackichand Singh, Udanta Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Milan Singh, Md. Rafique, Rowllin Borges, Halicharan Narzary, CK Vineeth.

FORWARDS: Jeje Lelkephlua, Sunil Chhetri, Daniel Lalhimpuia, Robin Singh.

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