With the highly anticipated Intercontinental Cup just round the corner, India’s national football team head coach Igor Stimac has named the 25 players that will feature for India in the competition that is scheduled to begin from July 7 at the EKA Arena, Ahmedabad. This marks the first-time ever that Gujarat is hosting a Senior Men’s International competition.
— Igor Štimac (@stimac_igor) July 6, 2019
Defending champions India start their campaign against Tajikistan on the opening day. DPR Korea and Syria are the other two participating teams. All teams will be playing against each other for one time followed by a final between the top teams. All the matches start at 8pm according to IST.
During the announcement of the team, Stimac said that “all players worked really hard at the preparatory camp in Mumbai.”
“We are satisfied with the execution of work for the past ten days,” he informed. “The players worked really hard, and we are all very enthusiastic about our upcoming games,” he added.
Narender Gahlot, Indian Arrows defender, made it to the list along with Mandar Rao Desai. The provisional list will then be cut down to 23 before the kick-off of the tournament.
Stimac, who helped Croatia qualify for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, said that “all our work has been programmed to get us in form for the qualifiers.”
The crucial Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers kicks-off from September with the draws for the same slated to be held later this month.
“Once again, I will use the upcoming games in the tournament to have a look at all the players in action. Each one of them deserve the chance,” Stimac explained.
Tickets for all matches are up for sale at this website. The Blue Tigers land in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
The 25-man Indian team for the Intercontinental Cup 2019:
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Kamaljit Singh, Amrinder Singh.
DEFENDERS: Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Adil Khan, Subhasish Bose, Anas Edathodika, Rahul Bheke, Narender Gahlot, Jerry Lalrinzuala.
MIDFIELDERS: Brandon Fernandes, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Rowllin Borges, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Pronay Halder, Amarjit Singh, Mandar Rao Desai.
FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Farukh Choudhary, Jobby Justin, Manvir Singh.