India announce U-19 squad to participate in Asia Champions Trophy
Full India U19 squad to take part in Asia Champions Trophy and SAFF U19 Championships.
All India Football Federation (AIFF) have announced a 17-member squad for the FAM-FRENZ Asia Champions Trophy 2015, AIFF Media reported. The competition begins on August 05, 2015 but India is not due to play their first game till August 19, 2015. They will play Malaysian side Felda United FC at the Hand Tuah Stadium away from home in their opener.
The Indian youth have been drawn against two teams from Malaysia – Frenz United A, Felda United FC and one Thai team – Chonburi FC. Two teams out of the four who finish top of the table after a round of 6 games (home and away against each team) will move on to the knockout stage.
Lee Johnson, Head Coach of the Indian U-19 National Team spoke about the squad and competition to AIFF Media, he said: “It is important for any Player to play games in a competitive environment, as a competitive environment is an integral part of any Player’s development.
“These Competitions provide the experience needed in order to develop as a Player.”
Having formerly managed in the Chelsea and Crystal Palace academies, Johnson comes to the fore bringing with him a host of experience to share with the youth of the Indian U-19s as they embark on their quest for glory in Asia.
Here’s the full 17 member squad:
Goalkeepers: Sukhdev Patil, Haokip Jedidi
Defenders: Nishu Kumar, Amey Ranawade, Kapil Boro, Mohd. Sajid Dhot, Lalthakima, Nuruddin
Midfielders: Suman Sarkar, Malsawmzuala, Bidyananda Singh, Vinit Rai, Loken Moirangthem.
Forwards: Milan Basumatary, Ashique Kuruniyan, Lalrinzuala Chhangte, Mawihmingthanga
Head Coach: Lee Johnson
Below are the fixtures in full as provided by AIFF Media:
August 19: Felda United FC v AIFF India
August 26: Chonburi FC v AIFF India
September 02: AIFF India v Felda United FC
September 23: AIFF India v Frenz United A
October 14: AIFF India v Chonburi FC
October 22: Frenz United A v AIFF India
Squad for SAFF U-19 Championships
The SAFF U-19 Championships are going to be held from August 23 onwards.
Here’s the full squad:
Goalkeepers: Sayak Barai, Swastik Mukherjee
Defenders: Shahabaaz, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Golui Sarthak, Amit Tudu, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Prosenjit Chakraborty.
Midfielders: Kamalpreet Singh, Hayden Fernandes, Prasanth K, Japes Singh, Lalramzauva, Rohit Kumar, Lalit Tariyal, Kyntiewshaphrang Kharlukhi, AnirudhThapa, Bedashwor Singh
Forwards: Moinuddin, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Nijwmmuchahary, Sushil Meitei
Head Coach: Syed Sabir Pasha
The fixture list for the Indian team participating in the SAFF Championships is as follows:
August 23: India v Afghanistan
August 25: India v Maldives