The Young Colts looked averagely good in their recent practice encounter against Garhwal FC.

Head Coach Luis Norton de Matos named his list of 23 for India’s campaign in the AFC U-19 Qualifiers to be held in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Matos picked his squad after a week-long camp in the Capital which is a mix of India’s U-17 World Cup squad and India’s U-19 team which played in the SAFF U-18 Championship in Bhutan.

India were scheduled to play Qatar U-19 in a friendly match in Doha on October 25 as part of their preparation for the AFC Qualifiers but reached the city on the same day.

Besides hosts Saudi Arabia, India have been clubbed with Yemen and Turkmenistan in Group D and play their first match against Saudi Arabia on November 4.


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India U-19 team recently played a friendly with Garhwal Heroes, winning the game 1-0. The team looked a little out of shape physically and thus, the friendly against Nepal will be one of the most important preparatory games for the team. 

Defenders Amal Das, Midfielders Pranjal Bhumij, Komal Thatal, Lalengmawia and forward Aniket Anil Jadhav have been left out of the squad. 

The 23-member squad stays as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Dheeraj Singh, Mohammad Nawaz, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill.

DEFENDERS: Namgyal Bhutia, Sahil Panwar, Deepak Tangri, Ashish Rai, Boris Singh, Sanjeev Stalin, Anwar Ali, Jitendra Singh.

MIDFIELDERS: Abhishek Halder, Princeton Rebello, Suresh Singh, Amarjit Singh, Rahul KP, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Nongdamba Naorem, Jeakson Singh.

FORWARDS: Edmund Lalrindika, Roshan Singh, Lalawmpuia, Rahim Ali.

India’s match-days stay are as follows:

November 4: India vs Saudi Arabia.

November 6: India vs Yemen.

November 8: India vs Turkmenistan.