In spite of the 2-4 humiliation in the hands of Palestine last Wednesday, Wim Koevermans has retained almost all his players from the squad in the preparatory camp...Indian coach Wim Koevermans has declared the 30-man squad for the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers preparatory camp, which will kick-off from February 12 in Pune.
Most of the players from the Palestine match squad have made it to the list this time also, the only notable omission being Manandeep Singh, the young East Bengal striker. However, his teammate Robin Singh has snatched a berth up front, with the likes of Jeje Lalpekhlua and Joaquim Abranches.
The players who have been added to the 23 man squad of the recent friendly are mostly from the standby list of the Palestine match. However, players like Harmanjyot Khabra, Subhash Singh, Anas Edathodika, Gabriel Fernandes have missed the bus by a whisker, even though they have excelled for their clubs this season.
With six players from their side, Prayag United continues to be the most represented club. Shouvik Ghosh and Alwyn George are the duo selected from Pailan Arrows, the young developmental side of All India Football Federation (AIFF)
The team will be travelling to play the AFC Challenge Cup (2014) Qualifiers in Yangon in the last week of February. India play their first match against Chinese Taipei on March 2 followed by matches against Guam and hosts Myanmar on March 4th and March 6th respectively.
The 30-member list is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Sandip Nandy (Churchill Brothers), Subrata Paul (Prayag United), Subhasish Roychowdhury (Dempo SC), Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar SC).
DEFENDERS: Nirmal Chettri, Syed Rahim Nabi (both from Mohun Bagan), Denzil Franco (Churchill Brothers), Gouramangi Moirangthem (Prayag United), Arnab Mondal, Raju Gaikwad (both from East Bengal), Shouvik Ghosh (Pailan Arrows), Gurjinder Kumar (Pune FC), Sandesh Jhingan (United Sikkim Football Club).
MIDFIELDERS: Lenny Rodrigues (Churchill Brothers), Asif K, Lalkamal Bhowmick, Malswamatulunga, CK Vineet (all from Prayag United), Arata Izumi (Pune FC), Mehtab Hussain (East Bengal), Peter Carvalho, Clifford Miranda (both from Dempo SC), Francis Fernandes (Salgaocar), Alwyn George (Pailan Arrows), Jewel Raja (Mohun Bagan).
FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri (Sporting Lisbon 'B'), Robin Singh (East Bengal), Sushil Kumar Singh (Shillong Lajong FC), Joaquim Abranches (Dempo SC), Jeje Lalpekhlua (Pune FC).
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