Stephen Constantine announced 34-man probable squad for the preparatory camp before the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup . Out of the 34 man 18 of them were from Under -23 level. AFC Asian Cup will start from 5th of January and the finals will be played on the 1st of February next year.
The preparatory camp is scheduled from 16th December. Out of the 34 member 28 will be shortlisted for the final squad to play the AFC Cup. These 28 members will reach on 20th December to Abu Dhabi. After another round of eliminations, the Indian Coach will select a final 23 for the AFC Asian Cup.
There are 5 players in the list from Kerala Blasters, themaximum for any ISL side. Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune and ATK have fourplayers each in list of 34-man squad for the AFC Asian Cup.
When asked about the inclusion of U-23 players, Indian coach said: “The experience of playing in the Asian Cup will help the youngsters mature into better players. All of them have earned the right to be in the camp. I wish them luck.”
India will play one friendly ahead of start of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup . India will play against Oman on the 27th of December. At the AFC Asian Cup, India will play against Thailand, UAE and Bahrain on the 6th,10th and 14th of January respectively.
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