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India U-23 preparatory camp for 2014 Asian Games kicks-off

Wim Koevermans

Wim Koevermans

The India U-23 national team’s Preparatory Camp for the 17th Incheon Asian Games 2014 kicks-off in Bangalore today. The boys who are assembling in Bangalore on the day would commence training under national coach Wim Koevermans from July 2.

The Camp in Bangalore kicks-off a preparatory process of two and half months where the squad would also be proceeding to a two-week exposure tour to Europe besides another exposure tour in the Far East from mid-August.

In addition, there are two matches with Pakistan U-23 Team on August 17 & 20 in Bangalore as part of a friendly series.

National coach Wim Koevermans feels he would be able to “work on teamwork and football fitness” during the period.

“It’s good to have the boys for two and a half months. We will be able to build on teamwork and the football fitness as well,” he told AIFF Media. “We will also be able to work on the manner and style we want to play.”

Besides the friendly series against Pakistan, the team would also be playing a number of friendly matches against club sides in Europe and even the Far East.

“This Preparatory Camp is no different from the senior team’s Preparatory Camp,” Koevermans stated. “All the boys play in the I-League and it’s a nice opportunity for me to learn and understand how they train and perform. At the same time, it’s also an opportunity for them as there is a good pool who could make their way into the senior national team.”

“Exposure tours stay pertinent as we build up for big events. We want to play outside India as we won’t get that good an opposition in India. The boys need to play against different styles, learn about strong opposition and build on from there,” Koevermans opined.

Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh and Francis Fernandes are the three senior players who have been named in the squad. The rest of the squad comprise of U-23 players.


Amrinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Ravi Kumar, Kamaljit Singh

Pritam Kotal, Keenan Almeida, Deepak Devrani, Joyner Lourenco, Shankar Sampingiraj, Sandesh Jhingan, Sanjay Balmuchu, Salam Singh, Narayan Das, Shouvik Ghosh

Francis Fernandes, Pronoy Halder, Rowlinn Borges, Clifton Dias, Alwyn George, Siam S. Hanghal, Lalrindika Ralte, Dhanpal Ganesh, Milan O. Singh

Sunil Chhetri, Romeo Fernandes, Seiminlen Doungel, Robin Singh, Thongkoshim Haokip, Alesh Sawant, Mandar Rao Dessai

(Report & Picture courtesy AIFF Media)