06.07.2019 : AIFF press release : After winning the Hero Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai last year, defending champions India begin their campaign in the forthcoming Hero Intercontinental Cup against Tajikistan at the EKA Arena in Ahmedabad on July 7. Syria and DPR Korea are the two other teams in the competition. All teams would be playing each other once, with the top two teams making it to the final slated for July 17, 2019.

This is the first time Gujarat is hosting a Senior Men's International competition. As the Blue Tigers practiced hard at the Mumbai Football Arena, the National Team players couldn't hide their excitement about playing in Ahmedabad. Defender Sandesh Jhingan, who captained India in their last match against Thailand in the King's Cup (India won 1-0), stated that he hoped the local fans will create a "special atmosphere."

"Ahmedabad is a splendid choice to host the tournament. It's a wise decision as it will help expand football across all parts of the country. I have trained in the city before recently for my club. I hope that people will come out in large numbers, support us, and create a special atmosphere." A few players in the team have already played in Ahmedabad for their respective club commitments. Anirudh Thapa, who played at the EKA Arena for Chennaiyin AFC in the AFC Cup 2019 added the "pan India effect" will help popularise football more.

"Earlier, the National Team has played in Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati in recent times. This time the fans in Gujarat will have their chance to stand by the Blue Tigers. The tournament is sure to will generate interest among the local fans," he added. Defender Rahul Bheke remarked: "It's remarkable that the Hero Intercontinental Cup will be held for the first time in Gujarat. It provides the opportunity for the fans to come and cheer for us. We are all extremely excited."

' Adil Khan, who made his comeback to the National Team in the King's Cup Thailand, felt echoed the same sentiments. "The atmosphere created by the Thai fans at the King's Cup was amazing. I am sure hope that our fans will also cheer for us at the stadium and push us forward," he expressed.



Igor Stimac named 25 name squad for India in HERO INTERNATIONAL CUP-2019

05.07.2019 : Indian National Team Head Coach Igor Stimac named a list of 25 for India's campaign in the forthcoming Hero Intercontinental Cup slated to kick-off at the EKA Arena, Ahmedabad from July 7.

Defending champions India take on Tajikistan in their first match on the opening day, while Syria and DPR Korea are the other two participating teams. All teams will play each other once with the top two making it to the final. All matches kick-off at 8pm.

The list of 25 stay as follows:
GOALKEEPERS : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh.
DEFENDERS : Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Anas Edathodika, Narender Gahlot, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala.
MIDFIELDERS : Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul, Amarjit Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Mandar Rao Desai.
FORWARDS : Jobby Justin, Sunil Chhetri, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh.

Stimac had summoned a list of 35 players for the preparatory camp in Mumbai which had kicked-off in Mumbai on June 25. The 10 players who were released include Vishal Kaith, Nishu Kumar, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Anwar Ali, Raynier Fernandes, Michael Soosairaj, Nikhil Poojary, Jackichand Singh, and Balwant Singh, while Ashique Kuruniyan was earlier released from the camp.