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India MNT leave for Dubai en route to Dushanbe

Indian national team training session in New Delhi. (Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)
Indian national team training session in New Delhi. Photo courtesy: AIFF Media

A pumped up Indian Senior Men’s National Team squad will leave the Indian shores tonight (November 11, 2019) for their forthcoming back to back FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 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, Tajikistan. The two matches are slated against Afghanistan (in Dushanbe on November 14), and Oman (in Muscat on November 19).

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

“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 National 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.

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.”

(AIFF Media)