International Football is back in Mumbai after 61 years! The Indian National Football team is all set to play an International Friendly match against Puerto Rico on 3rd of September in Mumbai at the Andheri Sports Complex.This is the first time a Team from CONCACAF will be playing in India. This match provides a perfect opportunity for the Indian Football team to improve their ranking, ahead of the 2019 Asian Cup qualifications which begin next year. And, for Football enthusiasts, this is a match they cannot stay away from! Mumbai, as vibrant as ever, has been always known for its Football culture! Now is the time for Mumbaikars to show their support for our National team as they play the higher ranked Puerto Rico this weekend!
The All India Football Federation has announced the 30-strong list of probable players for this much-awaited upcoming International friendly.
Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, and Amrinder Singh
Defenders: Rino Anto, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Keegan Pereira, Chinglensana Konsham Singh, Pritam Kotal, Narayan Das, Fulganco Cardozo
Midfielders: Vinit Rai, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Pronay Halder, Jackichand Singh, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Bikash Jairu, Rowllin Borges, Alwyn George, Germanpreet Singh, Mohammed Rafique, Seityasen Singh, Arjun Tudu
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi, Halicharan Narzary, Daniel Lalhimpuia
Puerto Rico is one of the best movers in the FIFA Rankings this year. They boast a lot of players who play in quality leagues all over the world including Europe and the USA. Currently at 114th position in FIFA ranking, the team poses a tough match for India who is ranked at 152 in FIFA ranking. Thanks to ISL, Indian Football has also got some exceptional talents. Our National coach Stephen Constantine is confident of his team. Fresh from their win against Bhutan in a Friendly match on August 14, the Indian Football team is also all geared up for this challenge.
The live telecast rights of this high-intensity Football match has been given to Star Sports by AIFF. Star Sports involvement in Indian football is part of IMG-Reliance’s efforts for ISL to boost the Indian national team’s profile throughout the country.
Tickets for this match are up for grab now, at our website. Mumbaikars, come to shout out your lungs for the Tiranga at the Andheri Sports Complex this Saturday when India play Puerto Rico in the first Official International Football match in Mumbai since 1955.