AIFF PRESS RELEASE 31.08.2017 : Six players from India’s AFC U-23 campaign in Doha were named in the 24-member squad for India’s forthcoming AFC Asian Cup Qualifier match against Macau on September 5, 2017. The squad will be departing for Macau from Mumbai via Bangkok on Friday (September 1, 2017).
The squad for Macau stay as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subrata Paul, Albino Gomes.
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Lalruatthara, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Arnab Mondal, Salam Ranjan Singh, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala.
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Rowllin Borges, Md. Rafique, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Halicharan Narzary.
FORWARDS: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Balwant Singh.
India currently stay on top of Group A with 6 points, courtesy back to back victories against Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic. However, National Coach Stephen Constantine felt there is “no reason to underestimate Macau as a Team.”“Macau will be playing at home and in front of their home crowd. There’s always a marked difference between playing at home and playing an away match but we are aware of the challenge,” Constantine said on arrival.
The Team has been camping in Mumbai since August 12, 2017 during which they played two International matches against Mauritius and St. Kitts and Nevis in the Hero Tri-nation Football series as part of the preparation.“The matches provided us with the much-needed match practice ahead of our challenge against Macau,” Constantine mentioned.
Legendary Footballer IM Vijayan who will also be travelling to Macau as an observer said the “team looks to be in great shape.” “The body language is positive but ahead of such matches, there’s always a tendency of taking it a bit lightly against lower ranked opponents. The boys need to keep working hard on the ground against Macau,” he stated.
NATIONAL TEAM TO CAMP IN CHENNAI AHEAD OF THE MACAU MATCH.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE 31.07.2017 :National Coach Stephen Constantine summoned 10 boys from the recently concluded AFC U-23 Qualifiers for the preparatory camp before India's crucial AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers away match against Macau on September 5, 2017.
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
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
Furthermore, the squad of 34 will also see 5 faces (Sarthak Golui, Anirudh Thapa, Davinder Singh, Nikhil Poojary and Manvir Singh) who will be reporting at the Senior National Camp for the first time ever.
India are slated to play Macau in Macau on September 5, 2017 whereas the camp will kick off in Chennai from August 11, 2017.
India, presently, is currently firmly seated at the top of the Group A of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers with two back-to-back wins from two matches against Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Group A Team M W D L GF GA GD PTS India 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6 Myanmar 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 3 Kyrgyz 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 Macau 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0
The Senior National team, under Stephen Constantine, have won 13 matches in last 15 matches including the unofficial friendly match against Bhutan and have, in the process, climbed up to 96 in the latest FIFA rankings.
NATIONAL TEAM TO CAMP IN MUMBAI AHEAD OF THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC MATCH.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE 13.05.2017 : The Indian National Team will be camping in Mumbai at the Andheri Sports Complex from May 20, 2017, to prepare for India’s forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifying match against the Kyrgyz Republic which is slated to be played in Bengaluru on June 13, 2017.
The list of 35 probables, which National Coach Stephen Constantine announced on Saturday (May 13, 2017) also includes eight U-22 Players, all of whom would go through a rigorous training process to claim their spot in the final 23.
The list of 35 probables stay as follows:
GOALKEEPERS : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subrata Paul, Debjit Majumdar, Amrinder Singh, Albino Gomes, Vishal Kaith (U-22).
DEFENDERS : Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar (U-22), Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Chinglensana Singh (U-22), Lalruatthara (U-22), Fulganco Cardozo, Subhasish Bose (U-22), Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala (U-22).
MIDFIELDERS: Jackichand Singh, Udanta Singh, Laldanmawia Ralte (U-22), Seityasen Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Rowllin Borges, Cavin Lobo, Md. Rafique, Dhanapal Ganesh, Milan Singh, Issac Vanmalsawma (U-22), Halicharan Narzary, Bikash Jairu.
FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Daniel Lahlimpuia, Robin Singh, CK Vineeth.
“We will be having the Camp in two stages and have invited 21 players for stage 1. The stage 2 will kick-off when the remainder of the squad, ie, players from Mohun Bagan and JSW Bengaluru FC join in after finishing their respective Club commitments for the AFC Cup,” Constantine said. “For me, the start of any Camp is another opportunity to see the players. I am very excited and looking forward to working with them again,” he added.
“We will be camping in Mumbai and I need to thank AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel and WIFA for their help and cooperation, and also Mr. Aditya Thackeray for being helpful to us during my time in Mumbai.”
24.01.2017: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : India were clubbed in Group A with Kyrgyz Republic, Myanmar and Macau as the draw for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019 was held in Abu Dhabi today (January 23, 2017). India begin their campaign in an away match against Myanmar on March 28, 2017. 24 Teams were drawn into 6 groups of 4 teams each and the top two team from each group will earn the ticket to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. India had last qualified for the AFC Asian Cup in 2011 when it was held in Doha.
National Coach Stephen Constantine who attended the ceremony as an invitee said “though there are no easy games for us, the target is to win our home games and qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup.”
28.03.2017: India VS Myanmar (Away).
13.06.2017: India VS Kyrgyz Republic (at Home).
05.09.2017: India VS Macau (Away).
10.10.2017: India VS Macau (at Home).
14.11.2017: India VS Myanmar (at Home).
27.03.2018: India VS Kyrgyz Republic (Away).
“We are delighted to be in the draw. We believe that the qualifying campaign was a good lesson for us as it gave us the opportunity to introduce some new players who by now have that little bit of experience of playing International Football,” he told “We need to work extremely hard to keep alive our hopes of qualifying.”
Constantine who is keeping a close watch on the Hero I-League proceedings felt there are “ample opportunities for players to make their case for the National Team.” “Not that the Hero I-League has begun, any player can make his claim for a call to the camp with his performance. We will be selecting 30 players for the camp in March and previous records are not a guarantee for an automatic all up to the camp,” he stated. Senior Goalkeeper and Arjuna Awardee Subrata Paul, one of India’s outstanding performers in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Doha felt it would be “huge” if India qualified for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
“If we can make it to UAE, we will be playing our second Asian Cup in eight years,” Paul, who was nicknamed “Spiderman’ for his exploits in the 2011 Asian Cup said. “The Asian Cup is the biggest Continental Championship like the Euro or the Copa America. I have fond memories of the 2011 Asian Cup. In fact, not just me but the entire squad will carry the memories with us,” he opined.
“The graph is moving upwards and the ranking coming down to 129 from 171 in less than two years is ample proof of that. To sustain the momentum, it’s essential we make the cut to UAE. The Team is improving with every day. We will try our best,” he declared.
2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier play-off: India
INJURY-HIT INDIAN SQUAD TO LEAVE FOR MATCH AGAINST LAOS
29.05.2016: AIFF PRESS RELEASE: With midfielder Vinit Rai having suffered an ankle injury in the last training session (in Guwahati), a list of 20 Players would be departing for Laos from Delhi early Tuesday (May 31) morning for India’s forthcoming 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier against Laos slated for June 2, 2016.. The return leg will be played in Guwahati on June 7. Each pair will play two matches on 2 and 7 June 2016 with the winners qualifying for the third round.
Team 1 VS Team 2 Chinese Taipei M1 Cambodia Maldives M2 Yemen Tajikistan M3 Bangladesh Malaysia M4 Timor-Leste Laos M5 India
National Coach Stephen Constantine informed that he had to make last minute changes with “Vinit suffering an ankle injury.”We had finalized on a list of 21 Players who were to travel to Laos but now we will be travelling with a squad of 20 Players,” he told AIFF. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who became the first-ever Indian Player to play in a Premier League in Europe will join the Team directly in Laos.
Besides Vinit’s injury, the squad has also been hit hard by injuries to other Players, seven of whom National Coach Stephen Constantine feels would have started on any given day. Midfielders Rowlin Borges, Pronay Halder, Cabin Lobo, Bikash Jairu and defender Augustine Fernandes were either ruled out or released from the Camp owing to injuries.
Furthermore, Dhanpal Ganesh and Striker Robin Singh haven’t recovered from the injuries they sustained earlier. Add to that the injuries of CK Vineeth and David Lalriamuana, both of whom couldn’t even kick a Ball in the Camp despite being summoned, things haven’t worked the manner Constantine would have liked it to in the Camp.
"There’s no reason to cry. We have a set of Players who are ready. It’s an important match for us. The boys showed at the SAFF Championship what they were capable of,” Constantine maintained. “With not sufficient Players available to play 11v11 in the Camp, the focus was to improve the fitness levels of the Players who reported.”
2 June 2016 : Laos vs India : Lao National Stadium, Vientiane
7 June 2016 : India vs Laos : Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
The squad stay as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh.
DEFENDERS: Rino Anto, Keegan Pereira, Pritam Kotal, Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Chinglensana Singh, Fulganco Cardozo, Narayan Das.
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Seityasen Singh, Md. Rafique, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Jackiechand Singh, Alwyn George.
FORWARDS: Sumeet Passi, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sunil Chhetri.