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Bangladesh geared up to face tough challenge

Update : 02 Mar 2014, 05:09 PM

Vincent Hemanta Biswas, set to make his debut for the Bangladesh national team vowed to provide the best against India in the Fifa friendly scheduled to kick off in Goa at 6:30pm BST on March 5.

The 27 member Bangladesh squad flew to India yesterday and will go through the first practice session today. Vincent, who went to Netherlands to train with FC Twente was hopeful of putting a good show. “There are six newcomers in the football team and all of them want to mark their presence with worthy performances, we want to play our best for the sake of the country,” said Vincent.

Meanwhile, Indian national team fully assembled at Goa on Sunday. Nine Players including captain Sunil Chhetri joined the team yesterday.

Apart from Chhetri and his Bengaluru FC Teammate Robin Singh, East Bengal’s Mehtab Hossain, Arnab Mondal, Lalrindika Ralte; Mohun Bagan’s Aiborlang Khongjee; Pune FC’s Gurjinder Kumar and Amrinder Singh and Mumbai FC’s Sandesh Jhingan couldn’t join the squad on Saturday due to commitments for their clubs.

 Subrata Paul, the goalkeeper presently playing for FC Vestsjaelland of Denmark also flew back to India on Saturday.

Another Indian goalkeeper Karanjeet Singh told the website of All India Football Federation he expects a tough match.

“It will be a tough match against Bangladesh. The last time we played against each other in the SAFF Championship the match ended 1-1. We are all looking forward to the match. Playing an International Match is so different. The intensity in International Football is so much higher and it makes you more complete as a footballer,” he stated.

 The 20-member India squad list is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar SC), Amrinder Singh (Pune FC), Subrata Paul (FC Vestsjaelland).

DEFENDERS: Denzil Franco (Churchill Brothers), Arnab Mondal (East Bengal), Aibhorlang Khongjee (Mohun Bagan), Sandesh Jhingan (Mumbai FC), Gurjinder Kumar (Pune FC), Narayan Das (Dempo SC).

MIDFIELDERS: Mehtab Hossain, Lalrindika Ralte (both East Bengal), Lenny Rodrigues (Churchill Brothers), Rocus Lamare (Salgaocar SC), Alwyn George, Clifford Miranda (both Dempo SC), Francis Fernandes (Salgaocar SC), Victorino Fernandes (Sporting Clube de Goa).

FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh (both Bengaluru FC), Balwant Singh (Churchill Brothers).

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