NEW DELHI: The Indian U-19 National Team will be clashing swords against Jordan and Oman U-19 National Team in an exposure tour in Turkey, in preparation of the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers later this year.
The Indian U-19 National Team has already acted as a feeder to the senior national team with players like Amarjit Singh, Suresh Singh, Boris Singh and Narendra being regular call-ups in camps, while Amarjit Singh, who was India’s captain in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 has already earned two caps for the senior national team.
The Indian U-19s will be facing the Oman U-19 and Jordan U-19 team and will be playing one friendly match against a local club side Kocaelispor in Kartepe, Turkey from July 19- 27, 2019.
Speaking on the exposure tour, Head Coach Floyd Pinto said, “We aim to play as many international matches as possible, the more we play the better get.
“The exposure tour to Turkey serves as a good platform to test ourselves against West Asian opposition”
“We aim to solidify our playing style, narrow down on our core group of players as we inch closer to the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers in November”, he added.
The list of the 23 selected players for the exposure trip follow below:
GOALKEEPERS: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Niraj Kumar, Lalbiakhula Jongte
DEFENDERS: Jitendra Singh, Narendar, Gurkirat Singh, Sumit Rathi, Muhammad Rafi, Akash Mishra, Bikash Yumnam, Manish Chaudhary, Thoiba Singh
MIDFIELDERS: Amarjit Singh, Jeakson Singh, Ninthoiganba Meetei, Givson Singh, Ricky Shabong, Sailo Lalchhanhima, Robin Yadav,
FORWARDS: Harmanpreet Singh, Vikram Partap Singh, Rohit Danu, Ridge Demello,
The fixture of India’s exposure matches in Turkey follow below:
July 19: vs Oman U-19
July 22: vs Oman U-19
July 24: vs Jordan U-19
July 27: vs Kocaelispor U-19