2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round
INDIA - FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022 ( AFC QLF GR-E)(NEWS)
WITHOUT CONTINUOUS FIGHT THERE IS NO SUCCESS: IGOR STIMAC
24.3.21: Indian national football team are all set to play their first international match of 2021 on Thursday. After a fifteen days camp in Dubai since March 15, India will meet against Oman in an International Friendly at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on tomorrow evening.
The Indian squad comprises of young and talented footballers who proved themselves in the recently concluded 7th edition of Indian Super League. Indian squad includes 13 footballers under the age of 23, and 27-year-old central defender Sandesh Jhingan emphasised on the progress the team is making as a unit.
The Indian Head coach Igor Stimac are in the process of building up a strong side for the future. While interacting with AIFF media a day before the match Igor Stimac said, “When I became the National Team coach, I even mentioned to Sunil that he also needs to fight for his position. This fight goes on forever. Without this continuous fight, there is no success. I cannot rely on the past. I can select the squad based on past results, but those players need to work hard. We closely monitor them, and then discuss which players fit into the starting XI.” In fact Stimac closely monitored the footballers during ISL before selecting them in the squad.
The teams from the middle east are always a strong competitor for India. Stimac feels that the young Indian footballers are gaining experience from the practice sessions. Stimac added ,” Our intention is to play good football, and that’s what we are working on.”
The match will kick off at 7.15 PM IST at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium, in Dubai.
BANGLADESH PLAYED FOOTBALL WITH PASSION: GURPREET
KFC NEWS DESK - 13.10.19: The historic Yubabharati Krirangan of Kolkata are now ready to host the important encounter between India and Bangladesh in a qualifying match of FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Joint-Qualifiers. The match can be rated as an International Derby as India played the last home game against Bangladesh at Goa in the year 2014. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, one of the important member of the Indian squad said the match against Qatar made the Indians grew in confidence. The younger footballers, Nikhil Pujari, Mander Rao Dessai and Manvir Singh played an important role against Qatar. These young footballers are now ready to prove themselves against Bangladesh.
While answering to the media at Kolkata, Gurpreet said that it's a challenge to play against Bangladesh who played the football with passion and heart. We are not to take the match lightly. Bangladesh is a difficult side to play. We must try to do less mistakes.
Gurpreet played a number of important matches at Yubabharati in his early days for East Bengal. The first Derby he played against Mohun Bagan was his most memorable match. He had an experience of playing in a full house Yubabharati and is eager to play his first international match along with his other team members.
YUBABHARATI READY FOR AN IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL DERBY
KFC NEWS DESK-13.10.19: It's been a long time Yubabharati Krirangan host India's International match. AIFF in assistance with IFA put all their effort to make it successful mission this time.
The stadium will be packed to it's capacity as the online as well as the offline tickets are all sold. It will be a fullhouse of on Tuesday night with a good number of supporters from Bangladesh are also at the "Mecca Of Indian Football" to witness the match.
IFA has extended their support to AIFF by making an adequate arrangements regarding the medical team which will be active for all spectators inside the stadium. While talking to us IFA Secretary Jaydip Mukherjee said that five hospital which includes AMRI, Charnock Hospital, Bidhannagar Sub Division Hospital, Apollo Hospital & R.G.Kar Medical Collage & Hospital will be at duty in all the blocks of the stadium. There will be 40 Doctors with all the necessary arrangements will be at Yubabharti on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile,Team India arrived today in Kolkata with a huge enthusiastic supporters cheering them at the airport.
INDIA TO FACE BANGLADESH AT YBK- KOLKATA IN 2ND GAME where SANDESH OUT FROM SQUAD
KFC NEWS DESK - 12.10.19: Indian central defender Sandesh Jhingan will not be avialable against Bangladesh in the forth coming FIFA world Cup qualifier 2022 which is schuduled on the 15th of October at Kolkata. Sandesh was injured in his knee in the practice match against North East United at Guwahati. The MRI report shows that it will not be possible for Sandesh to participate in the important tie against Bangladesh on Tuesday night. Sandesh is the second defender after Rahul Bheke who will be out of tie following injuries.
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh.
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Narender, Sarthak Golui, Anas Edathodika, Mandar Rao Dessai, Subhasish Bose.
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Vinit Rai, Anirudh Thapa, Abdul Sahal, Raynier Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan.
FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh.
Mean while, the Bangladesh team arrived at Kolkata today afternoon. The host are likely to reach the city on Sunday morning. Bangladesh lost against the favourites in the group Qater by a margin of 0-2, but looked positive against India. While taking to the media at Kolkata, the British coach of Bangladesh Jaime Day said," I think we have become stronger as a team, and are much organised at the moment. All of that has made us a difficult team to beat. But we also intend to build on that, and make no mistake -- we have now learnt how to win matches since I have taken over.The Qatar match was extremely tough. We look forward to carry all the positives into the match against India."
While discussing regarding the current Indian squad the British coach said,"I have seen the progress India has made in recent times. In fact, the team made great strides under an English coach Stefen Constantine before Igor Stimac took over."
INDIA TO FACE OMAN AT GUWAHATI IN FIRST GAMEAIFF PRESS RELEASE- 04.09.2019 : The Indian Senior National Team is all set to take on Oman on Wednesday (September 5, 2019) in Guwahati for their first encounter of the qualifying campaign for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and AFC Asian Cup China 2023. A day ahead of the crucial match, goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu stressed the team will "play to win," and aim to start the qualifying campaign with three points.
INDIA 23-member preliminary squad so far
Goal Keepers : Gurpeet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Vishal Kaith
Defenders : Rahul Bheke, Nishu Kumar, Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Narender Gahlot, Sarthak Golui, Adil Khan, Subhasish Bose, Mandar Rao Dessai
Midfilelders : Nikhil Poojary, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul Samad, Rowllin Borges, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan
Forwards : Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.
"That's what we do -- we play to win," the Arjuna Awardee stated. "We will play to our strengths, and look to keep the opposition at bay. Hopefully, we can get off to a good start and pick up the maximum points to start off the qualifiers.""We have to play together as a team, and without fear. Getting off to a good start will be really important," he added.
The last time the two teams faced off was in a friendly game in December 2018 where the match ended in a goalless draw in Abu Dhabi. Taking a trip down memory lane to that match, Gurpreet admitted the team drew a lot of positives from the result, but at the same time, it is vital to "focus on the job ahead.”
"Of course, it is good to keep in mind what happened when we last faced Oman. However, it is also important to focus on the job ahead of us. We need to make sure we put on a good show in front of our home crowd in Guwahati," he said. The Blue Tigers proceed to the match on back of a preparatory camp in Goa which kicked-off on August 20. The team has also played 5 International matches as build-up to the tournament since Head Coach Igor Stimac took over.
"A lot has changed, we have a new squad, new set of players and a different coach. On the pitch, we are trying to implement the style of play asked by the coach and put our best foot forward. Off the pitch, it has been pretty much the same, which is a good thing as you want to continue the good things that have been happening off the field."
The goalkeeper also shared his thoughts on the opposition side and reserved a special word for his "friend" and veteran Oman goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, who played against India in both fixtures of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifiers. "Oman are a good team and have very talented players. The whole team is looking forward to playing against them. Personally, I would miss Ali al Habsi. Our friendhip goes back a long way, and watching him play was always a good sight," Gurpreet mentioned.