SAFF Under-15 Championship Nepal: India squad, schedule, venues and more

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The India U-16 team is all geared up to take part in the SAFF U-15 Championship in Nepal starting on Friday......

The Indian Under-16 football team is all set to take part in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Under-15 Championship for boys starting on Friday in Nepal.

Though the tournament is for the Under-15 category, India will be fielding its Under-16 team for this year's Championship.

The SAFF Under-15 Championship is a discontinuity of the earlier SAFF Under-16 Championship. The motive behind the change is to allow teams to have a better preparation for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 qualifiers to be held later this year.

There are six countries taking part in the tournament that have been divided into two pools of three teams each.

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The top two teams from each pool will progress to the semi-finals. India has been placed with Maldives and host Nepal in Group B while Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka occupy Group A.

India 23-man squad

Goalkeepers: Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Niraj Kumar, Manik Baliyan

Defenders: Sandip Mandi, Shabas Ahammed, Gurkirat Singh, Harpreet Singh, Samir Kerketta, Moirangthem Thoiba Singh, Lalrokima

Midfielders: Lalchhanhima Sailo, Eric Remruatpuia Chhangte, Givson Singh Moirangthem, Aenam Graffenberg Jyrwa, Ricky John Shabong, Ravi Bahadur Rana

Strikers: Bekey Oram, Vikram Partap Singh, Harpreet, Ridge Melvin Demello, Shanon, Aleixinho Viegas, Adarsh Rai Das, Subungsa Basumatary

Head Coach: Bibiano Fernandes

Venues: ANFA Complex, Lalitpur and Halchowk Stadium

Groups

Group A Group B
Bhutan Nepal
Bangladesh India
Sri Lanka Maldives

Schedule

Date Team Vs Team Time (IST) Venue
18-08-2017 Bangladesh Vs Sri Lanka 14:45 ANFA Complex
19-08-2017 India Vs Maldives 14:45 ANFA Complex
20-08-2017 Sri Lanka Vs Bhutan 14:45 ANFA Complex
21-08-2017 Maldives Vs Nepal 14:45 ANFA Complex
22-08-2017 Bhutan Vs Bangladesh 14:45 ANFA Complex
23-08-2017 Nepal Vs India 14:45 ANFA Complex
25-08-2017 Champion A Vs Runners-up B 14:45 ANFA Complex
25-08-2017 Champion B Vs Runners-up A 14:45 Halchowk Stadium
27-08-2017 3-4 place match 13:45 Halchowk Stadium
27-08-2017 Final 14:45 ANFA Complex

“The team is all prepared to face the challenges in the SAFF Championships. This will be a perfect practice for the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers,” India’s coach Fernandes said.

 “The tournament will help us strategise and know our strengths and weaknesses. We’ve played well in our practice games but competitive matches are always a different scenario,” he added. “But I’ve full faith that my boys will deliver.

The Indian team arrived in Nepal on Wednesday and will be training for two days before opening its campaign against Maldives on Saturday. The Championship will kick-off on Friday with Bangladesh taking on Sri Lanka in the opener at the ANFA Complex.

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Bangladesh are the defending champions for the Championship after they beat India via penalties in the 2015 SAFF Under-16 edition in Dhaka.

 

 

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