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Indian Football Team set to train in Dubai ahead of Qualifiers

Published at :November 11, 2019 at 10:29 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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(Courtesy : AIFF Media)

Earlier, the Blue Tigers had a couple of sessions at an artificial turf in Delhi.

A pumped up Senior Indian Football Team squad will leave the Indian shores on November 11, 2019 for their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 forthcoming back to back qualifying matches against Afghanistan and Oman.

The 26-member squad will have their first overnight halt in Dubai and also have a training session the next day morning before they fly to Dushanbe. The two matches are slated against Afghanistan in Dushanbe on November 14, and Oman in Muscat on November 19.

Coach Igor Stimac stated that the morning session in Dubai will “immensely benefit the squad.”

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“We wanted to fasten the recovery process. The morning session in Dubai will also help us in a way or two before reaching Dushanbe. Everyone in AIFF is putting their best effort together to churn out the best result possible,” he mentioned prior to departure from New Delhi.

The Indian Football Team squad had two gym sessions, and two sessions on the artificial turf in the Capital to get the players into the groove for the forthcoming challenges.

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Sunil Chhetri, the talismanic striker felt, “A good sleep, proper diet and recovery are very important to stay in the right shape before we face Afghanistan on 14th. The rest in Dubai will help all shrug off the fatigue.”

Meanwhile, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu added: “The stopover in Dubai will significantly facilitate the recovery process before we reach Dushanbe. I am looking forward to the morning session in Dubai. We have to go straight into business to churn out positive results in the two matches.”