BREAKING NEWS: Igor Stimac releases 6 more players from the NT squad.
by Chirag R Bhattad
New Delhi: Igor Stimac has continued the process of trimming down the squad with a further six more players released from the camp. What came as a shock was the names of certain players which were excluded. Some, like Rowllin Borges, had a tremendous ISL campaign with NorthEast United while others like Narayan Das and Anwar Ali have vast experience as an International player.
The list of six players which were released are:
Narayan Das(29), Salam Ranjan Singh(11), Dhanpal Ganesh(5), Rowllin Borges(29), Komal Thatal(0) and Anwar Ali(33).
These six players have a total of 107 International caps among them!
Previously, six more players, namely Bikramjit Singh, Germanpreet Singh, Nandha Kumar, Redeem Tlang, Sumeet Passi and Vishal Kaith were released from the squad. This is what Head coach Igor Stimac had to say after releasing 12 players from the squad:
“It is always difficult for the coach to take hard decisions, and release players. We are more than happy with the commitment of the players so far, and have really enjoyed working with them every day. They are passionate, excited, and are making obvious progress on a daily basis.
The hardest part of the job comes when decisions are to be done about releasing some of them after hard work they put in for the past ten days. After yesterday’s (May 29) game which we played as part of our evening training session, we decided to release another 6 players. All of them have been handed their individual working programme which is to be followed, and monitored.
I wish them good luck, and expect them to be working hard.”
The current squad consists of 25 players, with two more to be released before the final 23 man squad travel for the King’s Cup. Here is the current updated squad:
Goalkeeper: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Subhasish Bose
Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Pronay Halder, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul Samad, Amarjit Singh, Lallianzualla Changte, Michael Soosairaj
Forwards: Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Joby Justin, Farukh Chowdhary, Manvir Singh
India will leave New Delhi on the 2nd of March for Buriram en route Bangkok. INdia’s first game of the tournament is against Curacao on the 5th of June with the hosts Thailand taking on Vietnam in the other game of the day. The winner of these games qualify for the finals, with the losers playing for the 3rd spot.
King’s Cup is a FIFA Sanctioned International ‘A’ tournament which has been organized by the Football Association of Thailand since 1968. India previously participated in the tournament in 1977 and 1981 and this will be the third time India will be vying to win the trophy.