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The Indian football squad for the upcoming SAFF Cup 2018 was announced a couple of weeks ago when Stephen Constantine flew them to Australia for a 17-day preparatory camp, but the Indian football latest news now reveals that the 23-year-old left-back Subhashish Bose will be captaining the national team for the opening clash of the SAFF Championship 2018.
The SAFF Cup football is one of the more important tournaments that the Indian national football team always looks forward to winning in. It has been revealed in Indian football news that the opening clash of the SAFF Cup 2018, which will be played between India and Sri Lanka at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka on September 5, will see Subhashish Bose captaining the Indian side.
Indian football latest news: Impressed by Subhashish Bose’s recent performances, Constantine named him the captain of India squad for SAFF Cup 2018
As reported by Indian Express in Indian football latest news, speaking about the Indian squad and the captaining role which will be assigned to the young defender, head coach Stephen Constantine said, “Subhasish has been very impressive in the recent camps. In the first few days, he had to work a lot and being a fighter, he has made a strong comeback. I’m very proud of him and obviously, it’s going to be a very special moment for him.”
The Indian national football team aren’t exactly the domineering force that one would imagine them to be, but have been displaying grit and skill on the international scale without a shadow of doubt. And while there are some well-established Asian giants when it comes to football, India can definitely be included in that category.
Coming to the SAFF Championship 2018, the ‘Blue Tigers’ could might as well be one of the favorites, but considering that Constantine has opted for a young squad for SAFF football 2018, there are certainly going to some challenges.
Constantine: India not the favorites for SAFF Championship 2018, but we’ve come to win
Speaking about how India could fare in the upcoming SAFF Cup 2018, Stephen Constantine said in Indian football news, “I have always looked to this opportunity to provide some international experience to the youngsters and that’s why we have come with a U-23 squad. Obviously, we have come to win the tournament as we have always done. We have a fair chance of getting the job done but I won’t say that we’re going to start as favourites.”
“The whole squad is eagerly waiting to get the ball rolling. Everyone will be up for the game against us and it’ll be a great experience for all of us.”
While the whole Indian squad is ready and raring to unfurl their skills at the SAFF Cup football 2018, the to-be captain for the SAFF Championship 2018 opener, Subhasish Bose, said that getting assigned the crucial role for SAFF football is a dream-come-true moment for him. As reported in Indian football latest news, the 23-year-old left-back said,
“It’s a dream-come-true situation for me to lead the national team. I’d like to thank our coach for his trust in me and I’d give my best to make the best of the opportunity.”
India in Group B of SAFF Championship 2018 along with Sri Lanka and Maldives
The Indian national football team is clubbed in Group B of SAFF Cup football, along with Sri Lanka and Maldives, who have been one-time champions of SAFF football (in 2008). On the other hand, Bangladesh, who are hosting the SAFF Cup football, are clubbed in Group A, along with Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan.
After taking on Sri Lanka in the SAFF Cup 2018 opener, India are slated to play against Maldives in the second clash of 2018 SAFF Cup football, on September 9.
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