Phurba Lachenpa, Suresh Wangjam leave Indian Football Team Camp ahead of Intercontinental Cup 2023
Intercontinental Cup 2023: Due to injury, two players from the Indian Football team National Camp have been released: goalie Phurba Lachenpa Tempa…
Intercontinental Cup 2023: Due to injury, two players from the Indian Football team National Camp have been released: goalie Phurba Lachenpa Tempa and midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam. Goalkeeper Gurmeet Singh of Hyderabad FC was called up by head coach Igor Stimac on Saturday, May 27, 2023, for the current camp in Bhubaneswar. For the Hero Intercontinental Cup in Bhubaneswar and the SAFF Championship in Bengaluru, Sunil Chhetri and company are now camped up in the capital of Odisha. Follow AFC Asian Cup 2023 and Indian Football Team LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN
The preparations are in full swing in the Blue Tigers’ camp, as the Senior Indian Men’s National Team get ready for back-to-back tournaments – the Hero Intercontinental Cup (June 9-18, Bhubaneswar) and the SAFF Championship (June 21-July 4). The competition in both tournaments is set to be tough, with quality teams participating.
India’s 27-member squad:
- Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh and Phurba Lachenpa Tempa.
- Defenders: Subhasish Bose, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali, Akash Mishra, Mehtab Singh and Rahul Bheke.
- Midfielders: Liston Colaco, Ashique Kuruniyan, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Rohit Kumar, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Jeakson Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Lalengmawia Ralte, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rowllin Borges and Nandha Kumar.
- Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Rahim Ali and Ishan Pandita.
- Head Coach: Igor Stimac.
India (101 in FIFA Rankings) will take on the likes of Mongolia (183), Vanuatu (164) and Lebanon (99) in the Hero Intercontinental Cup, while they will face Kuwait (143), Nepal (174), and Pakistan (195) in Group A of the SAFF Championship. However, one team that is a constant in the back-to-back tournaments, will be Lebanon, as they have been drawn with Maldives, Bhutan and Bangladesh in Group B and could be meeting the hosts again in the knock-out stage.
With Australia, Syria, and Uzbekistan, India will participate in Group B of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 in Qatar. Sunil Chhetri and his colleagues, headed by Igor Stimac, will begin their campaign on January 13th against Australia, followed by Syria and Uzbekistan.
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