Sushil Singh Named The Skipper Of The India U-23 Team For SAFF Cup

The Mahindra United striker will be wearing the arm-band at the SAFF Cup.
Sushil Singh, who has earlier donned the colours of the India senior national team, has been named as the skipper of the India U-23 team which left for the SAFF Cup in the early hours of Tuesday morning for Dhaka from Mumbai.

"Sushil is to lead our side," informed Arindam Bhattacharya.

Following a two week camp or so, Sukhwinder Singh and boys believe they have what it takes to progress in the tournament and give a tough fight to several other opponents. The Churchill Brothers custodian, who is ranked third after Subrata Paul and Subashish Chowdhury between the sticks, is keen to prove a point or two.

"The last time I played for India was three years back for the India U-19 side. Personally for me, it's a great opportunity to perform for the country and thereby, earn a call-up to the senior squad," said Arindam.

Having being named the best goalkeeper in the I-League last season, Arindam has continued his good form this season and is one of the reasons as to why Churchill have the second most meanest defence so far in the eight rounds of games.The youngster also highlighted the importance of the SAFF Cup for Indians.

"Most of the players in our squad are young and inexperienced. All the players are coming from different clubs and we only had about a two week camp. It will be a tough tournament but we'll give our best."

Playing against neighbouring countries is never easy according to Sukhwinder and Arindam seconds it.

"When I played against Sri Lanka, I saw this aspect. However, in football every game is a pressure game. Match is a match after all," pointed Arindam.

Rahul Bali