Chhetri, Balwant in Asian Games shortlist

The Indian national team coach has named five probable senior players of which three would make the cut for the Asian Games…

With the three provision of picking a maximum of three players over the age of 23 for the Asian Games, Wim Koevermans has shortlisted five names for the same. The final three 'senior' players would be selected at the end of a preparatory camp.

Sunil Chhetri, skipper of the India national team is the obvious choice given that he is the record goalscorer for the country and his experience at the Games would be vital.

The Dutch coach has opted for four strikers in his shortlist of five given that India’s lack of firepower upfront is well documented.

Robin Singh who played an important role in Bengaluru FC’s title winning campaign has also been included.

Sporting Clube de Goa striker Victorino Fernandes impressed with four goals in five matches in the last edition of the Federation Cup and has also been previously named in the senior squad.

Churchill Brothers's Balwant Singh continues to be the toast of the season and his strike prowess and energy upfront will be a welcome addition for the India Colts.

Also Francis Fernandes, skipper of Salgaocar FC has been named included in the elite list as his versatality to slot in anywhere in the ‘three’ behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation would give Koevermans more options to choose from.

The Asian Games are scheduled to be held in South Korea from September 19 to October 4, 2015.

Meanwhile, as reported by Goal earlier, Scott O’Donell, the Technical Director, AIFF Academies, would serve as an assistant coach for the Asian Games assignment.