Bengaluru FC Head Coach Simon Grayson, on Thursday, named his 30-member squad for the upcoming Indian Super League season, which kicks off with a clash against NorthEast United FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. The Blues will be led by talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri, who enters a tenth season as club captain.
“We’re really excited for our first experience of the atmosphere at the Kanteerava Stadium and I’m happy with the squad I have at my disposal. I believe we have a good blend of experienced players and youngsters who are making their way into the team and have been pushing for places,” said Grayson.
The Blues’ foreign contingent includes defenders Aleksandar Jovanovic and Alan Costa, midfielder Bruno Ramires and Javi Hernandez, and strikers Prince Ibara and Roy Krishna. In attack, Krishna and Prince are joined by Chhetri, alongside Udanta Singh, Leon Augustine, Faisal Ali, Harmanpreet Singh and Sivasakthi Narayanan, who finished as top scorer at the Durand Cup with five goals.
“We’ve made signings in key positions and they’ve come into the team and gelled well over the course of our preseason, first in Bellary, then in Kolkata for the Durand Cup and most recently in Bengaluru. Every player at BFC knows that they have a fair chance of making the matchday squad and I am glad to say that the competition for places is very healthy. I’m looking forward to the season,” added Grayson.
Kick-off between the Blues and NorthEast United is scheduled for 7.30 pm, and will be telecast live on the STAR Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar and JioTV.
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrit Gope, Lara Sharma, Sharon Padattil
Defenders: Parag Shrivas, Sandesh Jhingan, Aleksander Jovanovic, Alan Costa, Wungngayam Muirang, Hira Mondal, Namgyal Bhutia, Naorem Roshan Singh, Prabir Das
Midfielders: Bruno Ramires, Jayesh Rane, Suresh Wangjam, Javi Hernandez, Danish Farooq, Rohit Kumar, Biswa Darjee, Damaitphang Lyngdoh, Thoi Singh.
Strikers: Prince Ibara, Sunil Chhetri, Harmanpreet Singh, Faisal Ali, Udanta Singh, Roy Krishna, Leon Augustine, Sivasakthi Narayanan