Indian Football
New batch, new challenges, same World Cup dream for Bibiano’s U-17 boys
01 Sep 2022

AIFF Media Team

NEW DELHI: Head Coach Bibiano Fernandes named a 23-member squad for the SAFF U-17 Championship which kicks-off in Colombo on September 5, 2022.

“The boys have worked so hard over the months. They are excited. They are hitting the ground with high levels of intensity and motivation,” said Bibiano.

India begin their campaign against Bhutan on September 5. The final is slated for September 16.

“We believe this batch has what it takes to outdo what the previous two batches achieved. Our short-term aim is to win the SAFF U17 Championship and qualify for the AFC U17 Championships as group leaders,” the coach stated.

The 23-member squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Sahil, Julfikar Gazi, Tajamul Islam.

DEFENDERS: Ricky Meetei, Mukul Panwar, Manjot Singh Dhami, Balkaran Singh, Suraj Kumar Singh, Chandan Yadav.

MIDFIELDERS: Gurnaj Singh Grewal, Korou Singh, Lalpekhlua, Vanlalpeka Guite, Boby Singh, Malemngamba Singh Thokchom, Huzafah Ahmad Dar, Ngarin Shaiza, Danny Meitei, Lalhmingchhuanga Fanai, Faizan Waheed, Obed Mangminhao Haokip.

FORWARDS: Thanglalsoun Gangte, Aman.

The fixture for India’s matches are as follows:

September 5: Bhutan vs India (IST 3.30pm).
September 9: India vs Nepal (IST 3.30pm).
September 12: Semi-finals (IST 3.30pm and 8pm).
September 14: Final (IST 7pm).

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