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India vs Afghanistan football world cup qualifiers: 3 new faces can be seen playing against Afghanistan, and Blue Tigers squad Announced

India vs Afghanistan football, the Blue Tigers travel to the Abha Stadium in Saudi Arabia to face Afghanistan in the second round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

India vs Afghanistan football world cup qualifiers
India vs Afghanistan football world cup qualifiers.

India vs Afghanistan football world cup qualifiers: The Blue Tigers will face Afghanistan in the second round on March 21, 2024 in Abha. The match will start in India on March 22 at 12.30 pm as per Indian time. Also, the next match of these two teams will be played on Indian soil on March 26, 2024 at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati at 7:00 pm Indian time.

Abha’s ‘Bride of the Mountain’ Stadium Surprises During Blue Tigers’ Training

The stadium located in Abha, Saudi Arabia, which is famous by the name of the Bride of the Mountain, this stadium is not what people think about it and associate it with Saudi Arabia.

The Blue Tigers are training in Asir province for the FIFA World Cup qualifier match, the AIFF media team reported that the view of the stadium, the wind and a little thick fog were also seen, the Blue Tigers are training in 20 degree Celsius is.

Blue Tigers Introduce Three New Defenders Ahead of Afghanistan Clash

In the match against Afghanistan on March 22, three new defenders have been included in the Blue Tigers team, namely Amey Ranawade and Jai Gupta, and winger Imran Khan. Coach Stimac has expressed confidence in these players. And spoke openly about their talent and how he has been very impressed by these three players and made them worthy of wearing the India Blue jersey.

Amey Ranawade

Amey Ranawade, 26 years old currently plays for Odisha FC in ISL, has scored one goal and 5 assists so far in ISL and plays as a defender for Odisha FC, has made 14 clean sheets in his ISL career so far. Sheets and their Passing Accuracy Percentage is better which is 80%.

Croatian coach Stimac said that Amey has shown offensive playing abilities, but he still needs to do a lot in his defensive position, he can perform well in hitting shots from distance for other teams and creating a constant threat to the opposition. Stimac believes that new players need to be given opportunities to improve their game, and said, “I don’t believe in miracles, we believe in hard work and patience. “Given the chance, it remains to be seen whether he plays how we demand.”

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Imran Khan

29 year old, winger Imran Khan is currently playing for Jamshedpur FC, Imran Khan’s position is left winger but sometimes he also plays central midfield, so far he has scored 4 goals and 6 assists in his ISL career.

Stimac visited many league matches last week in which he saw players playing in ISL, I-League and other matches, his aim is to choose better players for the Blue Tigers from the corner of defeat for the Indian team, hence the coaching staff. Has its eyes on India’s football pyramid. Stimac said, “I watched almost all the Indian league matches throughout the season but the one I particularly looked forward to was watching some of our youngsters play in the I-League.”

Happy to see some talented players in the I-League like Mahesh (Gawali), Mohammedan’s David, Vikas (Sagolsam), Gokulam’s Sourav (Kerala FC), Inter Kashi’s Edmund (Lalrindika).

Jai Gupta

He is a new rising player who is currently playing for FC Goa. Till now he has played 19 matches in which he has scored 2 goals and 2 assists. His position is Defender – Left-Back. Stimac has been impressed with his game. Because they are getting a chance to wear the Tigers jersey.

Blue Tigers squad Announced

PositionPlayers
GoalkeepersGurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Vishal Kaith
DefendersAkash Mishra, Mehtab Singh, Rahul Bheke, Nikhil Poojary, Subhasish Bose, Anwar Ali, Amey Ranawade, Jay Gupta
MidfieldersAnirudh Thapa, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Mahesh Singh Naorem, Sahal Abdul Samad, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Deepak Tangri, Lalengmawia Ralte, Imran Khan
ForwardsSunil Chhetri, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Manvir Singh, Vikram Partap Singh
Credit: AIFF
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