The confusion over the tour to Caribbean ends as the squad shall leave the country on Saturday…The uncertainty around the tour to West Indies came to end on Friday as the 31 member squad comprising of 23 players and eight officials are set to depart on Saturday for the three friendlies against St.Kitts and Nevis (August 17), Guyana (August 21) and Trinidad and Tobago Islands (August 24).
After a couple of clubs raised the issue of security given that the team was to stay overnight at London as per the previous itinerary, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) realising the seriousness of the matter decided to revise their travel schedule.
Team India are to leave for Dubai and thereafter are expected to board a flight for London with the Indian High Commission assuring enough security arrangements which shall ensure the safety of the players. The squad will thereafter take a flight to Barbados from Gatwick Airport, London.
"It’s great the Tour is happening. We wish the team the very best for the event," said AIFF general secretary, Kushal Das.
Coach Armando Colaco was pleased to see that the team would leave on Saturday for the Caribbean tour wherein they shall face sides ranked higher than them.
"This side has huge potential and needs to be groomed. It’s necessary to expose them to play against stronger sides. I have never seen National Team players playing so well," said Colaco.
“It’s not every day that one gets to play higher-ranked sides. The entire bunch is looking forward to the tour," said Chhetri.
Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Karanjit Singh, Laxmikant Kattimani.
Defenders: Valeriano Rebello, Raju Gaikwad, Gouramangi Moirangthem, Mahesh Gawli, Rowilson Rodrigues, Debabrata Roy, Robert Lalthalmuana, Samir Naik.
Midfielfders: Climax Lawrence, Steven Dias, Peter Carvalho, Clifford Miranda, Lalrindika Ralte, Rocus Lamare, Mehtab Hussain, Rahim Nabi.
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpeklua, Sushil Singh, C.S. Sabeeth.
Chief Coach: Armando Colaco
Assistant Coach: Savio Mediara.
Goalkeeping Coach: Marcus Pacheco.
Team Manager: Mandhar Tamhane.
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