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India football squad begins preparations ahead of Asian Cup qualifier

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 March 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Mumbai, March 13: The Indian football squad on Monday had its first training session ahead of its AFC Asian Cup third-round qualifier against Myanmar in Yangon on March 28.

A total of 15 players have already joined the tiol camp and the Indian players selected for the tiol camp from Hero I-League clubs Mohun Bagan and JSW Bengaluru FC will be joining the camp on Wednesday, according to a release from the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

Reflecting on the training session, head coach Stephen Constantine said: "For me these are the best moments when you are able to train with the tiol team. It's the thing which I do best. The tiol team obviously is the mirror of a tion's football and I think in these last two years we have maged to make the tion proud. We still have a long way to go but our objective will be to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019."

Before the clash against Myanmar, India will also play an intertiol friendly against Cambodia in Phnom Penh on March 22. Constantine said that Myanmar have a young squad and a very good side. "Myanmar are a young squad and their German coach (Gerd Zeise) has developed the boys over the last eight years. "They have shown in the recent Suzuki Cup that they have developed into a very good side and they will be very difficult to beat at home." IANS

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