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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Where are India's 2011 AFC Asian Cup stars now?

SENIOR ANALYST
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19 Dec 2018, 11:00 IST

Defenders- Govin Singh

Govin Singh (behind) trying to tackle Steven Mendoza
Govin Singh (behind) trying to tackle Steven Mendoza

Govin Singh was only 23 when he was selected for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup squad. He had a solid defensive partnership with Gouramangi Singh in the 2008-09 season for Churchill Brothers, but couldn't start or appear as a substitute in the tournament.

The centre-back for India in Baichung Bhutia's farewell match against Bayern Munich is currently representing Aizawl FC in the I-League.


Defenders- Nanjangud Shivananju Manju

Nanjangud Shivananju Manju was the captain of the India U-23 team
Nanjangud Shivananju Manju was the captain of the India U-23 team

NS Manju was one of the promising centre-backs, who was equally adept in the left-back position, India had going into the tournament. The defender also had the knack of scoring goals from set pieces but didn't start a single game for the Blue Tigers.

The former 2005-06 NFL winner for Mahindra United is currently playing for Ozone FC in the I-League Second Division and Bangalore Super Division.


Defenders- Rakesh Masih

Rakesh Masih (right) tries to dispossess FC Goa's, Peter Carvalho
Rakesh Masih (right) tries to dispossess FC Goa's, Peter Carvalho

Rakesh Masih was one of the versatile players Bob Houghton chose in his side. He was equally adept in playing in the centre-back and central midfield position due to his superb built and heading ability. However, he didn't make a single appearance for India in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

The former ATK player played for Tollygunge Agragami in the Calcutta Football League and captained Delhi United FC in the 2017-18 I-League Second Division.


Defenders- Anwar Ali

Anwar Ali started constantly for India in the centre-back position
Anwar Ali started constantly for India in the centre-back position
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Anwar Ali became a regular for the Indian team since the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup and regularly partnered Gouramangi Singh in the heart of the defence. He played full 270 minutes for India in the group stages of the tournament, but couldn't stop the oppositions from scoring goals.

The 34-year-old currently plays for Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League where his side is second in the points table.

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