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Pronay, Rahim make cut; Pandita out: India’s 25-man squad for Nepal friendlies


Two new faces, forward Rahim Ali and defender Seriton Fernandes, made it to the men’s national football squad, which will be playing back-to-back international friendlies against Nepal in the first week of September.

A selection of 24 probable players, except players playing the AFC Cup for Bengaluru FC and ATK Mohun Bagan, had training of around 10 days under the charge of National coach Igor Stimac at the international training facility at Salt Lake Stadium from August 15.

The Indian squad will be leaving for Nepal on August 30 to play the friendlies on September 2 and 5 at Kathmandu.

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“We can’t expect much after 10 days of preparation. The legs are still heavy from the load, and we need to slow down, and refresh the players,” Stimac said while announcing the squad of 25.

“I am happy with the manner our players performed. We need to be careful going into the next two games against Nepal. We understand that the ATK Mohun Bagan and BFC players will be in better shape than others against Nepal,” Stimac said in his assessment of the probable players who played two practice games during the camp.

Complete Indian squad

Goalkeepers – Amrinder Singh, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Defenders – Pritam Kotal, Chinglensana Singh Konsham, Mandar Rao Dessai, Akash Mishra, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Seriton Fernandes; Midfielders – Lalengmawia, Bipin Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Yasir Mohammad, Glan Martins, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Jeakson Singh, Pronay Halder; Forwards – Manvir Singh, Rahim Ali, Sunil Chhetri, Farukh Choudhary.



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