NEW DELHI, Aug 17: A 17-member Indian under-19 football squad will participate in the FAM-FRENZ Asia Champions Trophy starting on August 19 in Malacca, Malaysia.
The Indian colts have been clubbed in Group A alongside Frenz United A, Felda United FC (both Malaysia) and Chonburi FC (Thailand).
The teams will play on a home and away basis and the top two from the group stage will progress to the knock-out rounds.
The Indian contingent will take on Felda United FC in their first game.
Expressing his content with the exposure that the Asia Champions Trophy will provide, Head Coach of the Indian U-19 National Team Lee Johnson said, “It is important for any Player to play games in a competitive environment, as a competitive environment is an integral part of any Player’s development.”
“These Competitions provide the experience needed in order to develop as a Player,” added the former Chelsea Academy Coach.
Goalkeepers: Sukhdev Patil, Haokip Jedidi. Defenders: Nishu Kumar, Amey Ranawade, Kapil Boro, Mohd. Sajid Dhot, Lalthakima, Nuruddin. Midfielders: Suman Sarkar, Malsawmzuala, Bidyananda Singh, Vinit Rai, Loken Moirangthem. Forwards: Milan Basumatary, Ashique Kuruniyan, Lalrinzuala Chhangte, Mawihmingthanga. Head coach: Lee Johnson.
Aug 19: Felda United FC vs AIFF India. Aug 26: Chonburi FC vs AIFF India. Sept 02: AIFF India vs Felda United FC. Sept 23: AIFF India vs Frenz United A. Oct 14: AIFF India vs Chonburi FC. Oct 22: Frenz United A vs AIFF India. – PTI