India begin their campaign against Mauritius on August 19 at the Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai in the Hero Tri-nation Football Series.
India will play their second match against St. Kitts & Nevis on August 24 at the Mumbai Football Arena.
The Tri-nation Football series is part of the National Team’s preparatory process for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying away match against Macau which is scheduled for September 5.
Thanking WIFA and MDFA for their cooperation, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said the “sporting culture” of Mumbai makes it stand out amongst others.
“We are overwhelmed by the eagerness of the authorities in Mumbai to host the three International matches at the Mumbai Football Arena. Mumbai has been the venue for the National Team since September 2016 when we hosted Puerto Rico,” he stated.
India are currently ranked 97 as per August 2017 FIFA Rankings. Indian Football and the National Team have been on the upsurge with a string of good results leading to a climb of 77 places in FIFA Rankings over the last two years. The Team has now won 13 of their 15 International matches having won their last 8 fixtures (including the unofficial match against Bhutan).
The Tri-Nation series was supposed to be held at Chennai initially. But due to high rates charged by the Sports Development of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) for using the pitch; the decision to shift the tournament was taken by the AIFF. The Champions Cup is going to replace the Nehru Cup, which was won by India three times.
19 August: India vs Mauritius
22 August: St Kitts & Nevis vs Mauritius
24 August: India vs St. Kitts & Nevis
The list of probables’ stays as follows:
Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Albino Gomes, Vishal Kaith, TP Rehenesh
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Anas Edathodika, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Lalruatthara, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Davinder Singh
Midfielders: Dhanapal Ganesh, Jackichand Singh, Seityasen Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Bikash Jairu, Milan Singh, Udanta Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Md. Rafique, Rowllin Borges, Halicharan Narzary, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa
Forwards: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh
Source – AIFF