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Tough test for India at 2018 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers
Players To Watch Out
Lallianzuala Changthe is one of the few players who has played for the senior Indian team. The winger had made history last year by becoming the youngest goal scorer for the senior national team. Ever since the day he has been finding himself on the sidelines of the national team. A stellar performance in Qatar will come handy for the youngster.
Vishal Kaith is one of the best goal keepers in the country, the youngster was regular to feature for the Shillong Lajong FC, the keeper at such young age showed great composure under the sticks.
Daniel Lalhlimpuia is highly rated in India, the striker has been billed as the successor for Sunil Chettri in Indian senior team. It’s time the forward start to perform for the team, he has found wanting when it comes to finishing the chances and the qualifiers will provide the stern test for him. Playing against strong west Asian defenders will be difficult.
India has never qualified for the AFC U-23 Championships in the past
Iraq head coach Hakeem Shakir Flayyih Al Azzawi had all praises for Indian batch of 2013 AFC U-22 Championship Qualification comprising of Gurpreet Sandhu, Narayan Das, Jeje, Lalrindka Ralte etc. under FC Goa Assitant manager Arthur Papas.
The team back then played fluid and switched formation from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 with ease. It will be interesting to see if current Indian u23 batch able to match the level set by Arthur Papas boys and get praise from an opponent manager.
Current 23-men squad for the U-23 qualifiers 2018