The Dutch coach has opted to start with the former Pune FC striker alongside Sunil Chhetri...
Wim Koevermans has handed starts to Jeje Lalpekhlua, Subrata Paul, Alwyn George and Nallapan Mohanraj for India’s opening SAFF Championship tie against Pakistan at the Dashrath Rangshala Stadium, Nepal.
He has made four changes from the line-up that started against Tajikistan last month in a friendly where they lost 3-0. Raju Gaikwad, Jewel Raja and Sandip Nandy have been dropped whereas Clifford Miranda wasn’t selected for the competition.
India: Subrata Paul; Nirmal Chettri, Gouramangi Singh, Arnab Mondal, Nallappam Mohanraj; Francis Fernandes, Mehtab Hossain, Lenny Rodrigues, Jeje Lalpekhlua; Alwyn George; Sunil Chhetri.
Subs: Sandip Nandy, Raju Gaikwad, Sandesh Jhingan, Syed Rahim Nabi, Arata Izumi, Jewel Raja, Dawson Fernandes, Robin Singh
Pakistan: Yousuf Butt; Samar Ishaq, Zesh Rehman, Kamran Khan, Muhammad Ahmed; Mohammad Adil, Adnan Ahmed, Faisal Iqbal, Muhammad Riaz; Kaleemullah, Hassan Bashir.
Subs: Saqib Hanif, Muazammil Hussain, Muhammad Hameed, Yaqoob Butt, Zia Us-Salam, Naveed Ahmed, Muhammad Mujahid, Saddam Jarrar