AIFF announce 34-member squad for AFC Asian Cup Qualifier

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AIFF announce 34-member squad for AFC Asian Cup Qualifier

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SportsCafe Desk

08/01/2017

Indian national football team coach Stephen Constantine has announced a 34-man probable squad for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifiers match against team Macau. Five players from the U-23 squad made their way to the senior squad and will also be training for the international encounter.

Stephen Constantine’s blue army will face Macau on September 5. Before this big game, the team will be staying in Chennai from August 11 onwards and will participate in the Champions Cup 2017 which will be organised by All India Football Federation (AIFF). 

The four-nation tournament will take place in Chennai between August 17 to 27. Caribbean side St. Kitts & Nevis and African side Mauritius have approved of their participation but AIFF is still in the hunt for the fourth international team.

In the Asian Cup qualifiers, India already maintained their winning form as they thrashed Myanmar away from home in the first game and then they defeated Kyrgyzstan at home in the second match.

After two wins, India are at the top of the group table. If they register win against Macau, the Indian team will take a step closer to the qualification for the main competition.

Indian football coach gave chance to five new players in the senior squad. Sarthak Golui, Nikhil Poojary, Manvir Singh, Davinder Singh and Anirudh Thapa are the youngsters who will join the team. They got this chance because they showed impressive performance for the India U-23 side.

Here's the 34-member list in full:

Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul (Jamshedpur FC), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Stabaek FC), Albino Gomes (Delhi Dynamos), Vishal Kaith (FC Pune City), TP Rehenesh (NorthEast United FC).

Defenders: Pritam Kotal (Delhi Dynamos), Sandesh Jhingan (Kerala Blasters), Arnab Mondal (East Bengal), Anas Edathodika (Jamshedpur FC), Narayan Das (FC Goa),  Jerry Lalrinzuala (Chennaiyin FC), Salam Ranjan Singh (East Bengal), Sarthak Golui (Mohun Bagan), Davinder Singh (Minerva Punjab FC), Lalruatthara (Kerala Blasters).

Midfielders: Dhanpal Ganesh (Chennaiyin FC), Jackichand Singh (Kerala Blasters), Seityasen Singh (Delhi Dynamos),  Nikhil Poojary (East Bengal), Bikash Jairu (Jamshedpur FC), Milan Singh (Kerala Blasters), Udanta Singh (Bengaluru FC), Eugeneson Lyngdoh (ATK), Mohammed Rafique (East Bengal), Rowlin Borges (NorthEast United FC), Holicharan Narzary (NorthEast United FC), Germanpreet Singh (Chennaiyin FC), Anirudh Thapa (Chennaiyin FC).

Forwards: Jeje Lapekhlua (Chennaiyin FC), Sumeet Passi (Jamshedpur FC), Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC), Robin Singh (ATK), Balwant Singh (Mumbai City FC), Manvir Singh (FC Goa).

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