Indian football: 8 new faces called up by Igor Stimac for the national team
Former Croatia manager Igor Stimac was appointed as the head coach of the Indian national football team a few days back after the place was vacant for a few months following Stephen Constantine’s exit earlier this year.
After shortlisting four candidates, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) finally zeroed in on the Croat, who himself played for his national team in as many as 53 matches.
It was during his reign that the Croatia team managed to reach the 4th place in the FIFA rankings, just behind Spain, Germany and Argentina. After his stint with the national team, he has managed clubs in Croatia, Iran and also Qatar.
This will be the second time that he is going to be in charge of a national team. With the King's Cup around the corner, the new coach has announced a probable 37-squad for the preparatory camp.
Let us have a look at the new faces in the Indian squad as selected by the coach Igor Stimac:
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#8 Amarjit Singh Kiyam
Probably the most consistent performer from the infamous U-17 India team which featured in the 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup. The youngster is a responsible footballer who is capable of holding the ball in the midfield.
He played a pivotal role in Indian Arrows’ I-League campaign in the 2018-19 I-League season. He inspired the team to a respectable finish over other heavyweights like Goukulam Kerala FC, Minerva Punjab FC and Shillong Lajong FC. He is one of the few players from the I-League to earn a berth in the national team. Amarjit has also played a few matches for the India U20 squad prior to this.
#7 Nandakumar Sekar
Like Michael Soosairaj (also in the list), this footballer also came up the ranks after making his senior debut for Chennai City FC. Nandakumar Sekar was roped in by Delhi Dynamos FC in 2017.
He played in just 7 matches for the team in the opening season, but made a mark, having produced 4 assists and scoring a goal. Having played as many as 14 matches in the following season, Nanda Kumar impressed once again.
It was enough for the selectors to shortlist his name for the national team. The Tamil Nadu born has already represented the India U23 squad during the Stephen Constantine era.