The Dutch coach has opted to start with the Japanese-born midfielder in place of Lenny Rodrigues...Wim Koevermans has handed a start to Arata Izumi and Syed Nabi in place of Lenny Rodrigues and Francis Fernandes for India’s important SAFF Championship tie against Nepal at the Dashrath Rangshala Stadium.
Lenny hasn't had the best of outings at the SAFF Championship and it comes as no surprise that Arata has replaced him in the line-up.
INDIA: Subrata Paul; Nirmal Chettri, Gouramangi Singh, Arnab Mondal, Nallappam Mohanraj; Syed Nabi, Mehtab Hossain, Arata Izumi, Jeje Lalpekhlua; Jewel Raja; Sunil Chhetri.
Subs: Sandip Nandy, Raju Gaikwad, Sandesh Jhingan, Francis Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Robin Singh, Dawson Fernandes, Alwyn George.
NEPAL: Kiran Chemjong, Sagar Thapa, Rabin shrestha, Biraj Majarjan, Rohit Chand, Bhola Silwal, Jagjeet Shrestha, Raju Tamang, Bharat Khawas; Anil Gurung.
Subs: Ritesh Thapa, Bishal Shrestha, Sabindra Shrestha, Jumanu Rai, Bikram Lama, Prakash Budhathoki, Tanka Basnyat, Santosh Sahukhala, Bimal Gharti Magar.
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