Two Keralites are included in the 22-member Indian squad for the under-13 AFC Cup Football Festival (South Asian Zone) to be held at Yazd City, Iran from May 18 to 28 has been selected after a month-long camp in Chandigarh. Besides India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are competing in the Under-13 Festival.
Manager Satheevan Balan, who is also from Kerala informed, “We will divide the squad into two teams so that everyone gets a chance to play. One team will play the first match while the remaining boys will play the next.”
“Results don’t matter at this stage. It’s important to give an opportunity to all to generate interest at this age,” he added.
India Under-13 Team List:
Goalkeepers: Sam Nornoha (Goa), Subrata Das (West Bengal)
Defenders: Fwiden Bargoyary (Assam), Vijay Kumar (Haryana), Shahbaaz, Konjenbham, Maniranjan Singh (all from Manipur); Vanlalruata, Jonathan Lalmuansanga (both from Mizoram), Krishanu Santra, Rabin Mahato, Babu Mondal (all from West Bengal)
Midfielders: Lazimali, Bento Newton Joe (both from Kerala), Lalthansanga, Lalmuanzova, Lalrintluanga (all from Mizoram), Sandip Bhattacharjee, Rajesh Goswami (West Bengal)
Forwards: Heisham Sailesh Singh (Manipur), Lalremuata, (Mizoram), Firozuddin Molla, Basu Mukherjee (both from West Bengal)
Head Coach: Surinder Singh
Assistant Coach: Tarun Roy
Manager: Satheevan Balan
Physio: S Babu
Image Courtesy: The-AIFF.com