The All India Football Federation has announced the list of 28 players for the national team’s qualifying campaign for next year’s AFC U-23 Asian Cup. This is the best opportunity for the blue Blue Colts to qualify for the next year’s AFC U-23 Asian Cup. The 28 probable players’ names including Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem and Aniket Jadhav. India has been kept alongside Kyrgyz Republic, Oman, and hosts UAE in Group E of the Qualifiers. The matches are set to be played between October 25 to 31 at the Fujairah Stadium in Fujairah, UAE. But AFC U-23 Asian Cup is scheduled to be held in Uzbekistan. The Blue Colts are set to assemble in Bengaluru on October 17 for preparation and then leave for the UAE on October 20 for their matches. Meanwhile Goalkeeper Dheeraj and forward Aniket were already part of the Indian team in the U-17 World Cup at home in 2017.
The list of 28 players are as follows:
Defenders: Narender Gahlot, Bikash Yumnam, Alex Saji, Hormipam Ruivah, Halen Nongtdu, Asish Rai, Sumit Rathi, Akash Mishra, Sahil Panwar.
Midfielders: SK Sahil, Suresh Singh, Amarjit Singh, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Deepak Tangri, Rahul KP, Komal Thatal, Nikhil Raj, Bryce Miranda, Princeton Rebello.
Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Prateek Kumar Singh, Mohammad Nawaz.
Forwards: Vikram Pratab Singh, Rahim Ali, Rohit Danu, Aniket Jadhav.
The matches of the Indian teams are as follows:
October 25: Oman vs India
October 28: India vs UAE
October 31: India vs the Kyrgyz Republic.