Jeje Lalpekhlua will lead Indian football team in the AFC U-22 Championship (Qualifiers) to be played in Muscat from June 23. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been named his deputy. The Indian squad which has been preparing at the Al Wasl Training Ground in Dubai leaves for Muscat on Thursday (June 21st) morning for the Championship.
“It is a huge honour for me to lead my country,” Jeje told www.the-aiff.com. “We have been training under Head Coach Arthur Papas since the first week of June and he has been a pillar of support to all of us,” he added.
India who have been clubbed with hosts Oman, Lebanon, Iraq, UAE and Turkmenistan play Lebanon in their first match on June 23.
Meanwhile, the Indian squad defeated DNATA Club 4-1 in their second friendly match on Tuesday (June 19). After a barren first half, Lalrindika Ralte scored a brace for India in while Shaiju Mon and striker Manandeep Singh scored one apiece.
The list of 23 stays as follows:
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Vice-captain — Kingfisher East Bengal), Ravi Kumar (Pailan Arrows), Soram Poirei Angamba (Shillong Lajong FC).
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Vishal Kumar, Souvik Ghosh, Prathamesh Maulinkar, Deepak Devrani (all from Pailan Arrows), Narayan Das, (Tata Football Academy), Abhishek Das (Kingfisher East Bengal).
Midfielders: Pronoy Halder, Ognam Milan Singh, Thirthankar Sarkar, Alwyn George, (all from Pailan Arrows), Simranjit Singh (Tata Football Academy), Ganeshan (Pune FC), Deepak Prakash (HAL), Lalrindika Ralte (Churchill Brothers), Shaiju Mon (Chirag Kerala), Romeo Fernandes (Dempo FC).
Forwards: Holicharan Narzary, (Pailan Arrows), Jeje Lalpekhlua (Captain — Pune FC), Manandeep Singh (Air India).
HEAD COACH: Arthur Papas