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2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualification: Syria vs India - Free stream, kick-off time & match preview

00:43 GMT+4 19/07/2017
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Group C games kick off in Qatar with Stephen Constantine's wards hoping to set a tone to qualify for the finals to be held in China next year...

With less than six months to go for the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship in China, the search for the top 15 nations to accompany the hosts in the final event has already begun.

India are in Group C along with hosts Qatar, Syria and Turkmenistan. Finishing on top or being one of the five best runners-up will see the Colts seal a berth in what will be their maiden AFC U-23 Championship finals.

India's senior men's team head coach, Stephen Constantine takes charge of the young guns in order to ensure a place in the continental elite. However, stern opposition awaits them in the form of a Central Asian and two Middle-eastern teams.

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India U-23 begin their campaign on 19th July, playing their three games within five days to end the qualification phase on 23rd July.

Game Syria U-23 vs India U-23
Date Wednesday, July 19
Time 17:00 (local) / 19:30 IST

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


In India, the match will sadly not be broadcasted on television. However, one can stream the match live on the official broadcaster's website worldwide, 

INDIA TV channel Online stream
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Fans in the host country could watch the match on Alkass One in HD and Alkass Three in SD. One also has the option to follow the live stream on Alkass' website.

QATAR TV channel Online stream
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SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


India's first XI pick themselves as most players of the starting eleven have regular minutes of ISL and I-League under their belt from last season. Stephen Constantine has also chosen a couple of players who excelled at the Santosh Trophy and youth competitions, namely Manvir Singh and Davinder Singh.

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The Blue Colts have landed in Qatar with a fully fit squad and all 23 men are expected to be fit for selection. 

INDIA SQUAD

Goalkeepers: 1. Vishal Kaith, 16. Kamaljit Singh, 23. Sukhadev Patil;

Defenders: 2. Nishu Kumar, 3. Lalruatthara, 4. Salam Ranjan Singh, 5. Sairuatkima, 13. Kamalpreet Singh, 18. Jerry Lalrinzuala, 21. Sarthak Golui, 22. Davinder Singh;

Midfielders: 6. Germanpreet Singh, 7. Nikhil Poojary, 8. Vinit Rai, 14. Lallianzuala Chhangte, 15. Sekar Nandhakumar, 17. Jerry Mawihmingthanga, 20. Robinson Singh;

Forwards: 9. Manvir Singh, 10. Daniel Lalhlimpuia, 11. Hitesh Sharma, 12. Alen Deory, 19. Anirudh Thapa.

SYRIA SQUAD

Goalkeepers: 1. Ahmad Kanaan, 22. Mohammad Yazan Ourabi, 23. Talal Al Hussen;

Defenders: 2. Milad Hamad, 3. Youssef Al Hamwi, 4. Jihad Busmar, 5. Hassan Karam Al Damen, 16. Mohammad Fares Arnaout, 17. Zakaria Hannan, 21. Ahmad Alghalab;

Midfielders: 6. Ahmad Ashkar, 8. Mouhamad Anez, 11. Mohammad Almarmour, 12. Hamza Muhanaeh, 13. Mohamad Kroma, 15. Khaled Kurdaghli;

Forwards: 7. Moumen Naji, 9. Mohammad Rabie Srour, 10. Mohamad Rafat Muhtadi, 14. Ahmad Albasir, 18. Abd Al Rahman Barakat, 19. Abdulhadi Shalha, 20. Ahmad Al Ahmad.


TOURNAMENT PREVIEW


40 teams including the host of the finals, China are divided into ten groups of four. Each team will play a single round-robin in the group stage and the six matches in the group will take place at a single venue.

The winners of each group qualify for the 16-team finals in January 2018. The five best runners-up across each group qualify as well. However, if China end as group winners or as a top five runners-up then the sixth best runners-up will qualify.

In India's case, Syria and Turkmenistan along with hosts Qatar meet them in Group C. All games will be played at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.


GAME PREVIEW


India face Syria on the back of a tied bi-lateral series with Singapore, where both games ended 1-0 in favour of either side merely a fortnight ago.

While Syria did qualify for the 2016 edition of the competition, India are yet to make a foray in the past two editions.

"I've been a person who has always preferred to build a 'team for the future.' I am working with this bunch of guys so that a few may come up the ranks and land up with the senior National Team in the coming days", India U-23's head coach Stephen Constantine commented on the eve of the game.

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His counterpart, Hussain Afash was quick to echo the sentiments of the British-born Cypriot. "We're all here for the same reason. We have to build the team for the future who'll eventually feature in the senior team", he quipped.

"This tournament is of immense importance for us and I believe, as it is for every team here. We'll give our best to qualify from this group", added the U-23 football team coach of the civil war-stricken nation.

Constantine would not like to make too many changes to his combination. With Vishal Kaith donning the gloves, Nishu Kumar, Salam Ranjan Singh, Lalruatthara and Jerry Lalrinzuala should constitute the backline.

An able midfield trio of Nikhil Poojary, Germanpreet Singh and Sekar Nandhakumar should shore up Manvir Singh, Daniel Lalhlimpuia and Anirudh Thapa in the attack.