Senior defender Sandesh Jhingan could be rested during India’s first FIFA international match against Singapore at the Hung Thinh soccer tournament in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Saturday. (More football news)
Game and TV details
date: September 24 (Saturday); time: 5:30 p.m. IST; Venue: Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. TV channel: Eurosport in India; live streaming: JioTV.
Jhingan and his teammate Chinglensana Singh did not accompany the team due to problems with travel documents and did not board a 3am flight until Friday morning.
According to sources in the team, head coach Igor Stimac Jhingan could rest for the opening game and give him a start against Vietnam, a team that reached the 2019 Asian Cup quarter-finals.
However, head coach Stimac sounded confident but cautious on the eve of India’s first clash with Singapore in 10 years.
The Croatia coach said although Singapore have made great strides in recent years, India have the ability to tame their opponents.
“Singapore have made great strides in recent years. They have a new manager who has made some changes in the system that often make things difficult for opponents. But I will tell my players to play them with confidence and show what exactly we’ve got.” keep for them,” Stimac said.
Stimac believes Singapore will play attacking football.
“Singapore are pretty good, especially in the area of high pressing. I’ve seen them push the ball all over the field to do things that make it difficult for their rivals. So there’s a little advantage they have in this one have respect: ”added the coach.
The 55-year-old World Cup player is aware of some of the fitness challenges facing his team.
Stimac didn’t fail to mention that his team is a bit undercooked in terms of fitness and preparation, having only had one full session in Ho Chi Minh City before entering the game.
“We shouldn’t ignore the fact that their level of fitness is better than ours at the moment, but we have to be calm and come out on the pitch with our morale high.”
But he feels he has enough players to keep the Singapore attacking line in check.
“I think we have enough players with technical ability who can find a way to escape from the pressing that is so high and with a lot of players in the middle making it tight and difficult. But we will find space in the weak positions and play according to our plan,” joked Stimac.
The Blue Tigers will be in action for the first time since their successful season at the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in June, where they played three games and finished with a 100% winning record.
“Football is a process and we have to be patient. It’s a hard working process where you have to know what you have to do to get there in the end,” said the coach.
Stimac also mentioned the team’s performance in the June qualifiers, which are the result of an ongoing process in which the players have started to prove themselves for the national team.
“After the three-year process, we have stability, composure and certainly better prospects than three years ago. I’m convinced we have a brighter future,” said Stimac, who recently won an extension to next year’s Asian Cup finals .
India: Goalkeepers – Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Dheeraj Moirangthem, Amrinder Singh; Defenders – Sandesh Jhingan, Roshan Naorem, Anwar Ali, Akash Mishra, Chinglensana Konsham, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Narender; Midfielders – Liston Colaco, Ashique Kuruniyan, Vikram Partap Singh, Udanta Kumam, Anirudh Thapa, Brandon Fernandes, Yasir Mohammad, Jeakson Thounaojam, Sahal Abdul Samad, Rahul KP, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Forwards – Sunil Chhetri, Ishan Pandita.
Singapore: Goalkeepers – Hassan Sunny, Mukundan Maran, Zaiful Nizam; Defenders – Amirul Adli, Hariss Harun, Irfan Fandi, Joshua Pereira, Nazrul Nazari, Ryaan Sanizal, Ryhan Stewart; Midfielders – Adam Swandi, Hafiz Nor, Hazzuwan Halim, Ho Wai Loon, M. Anumanthan, Shah Shahiran, Shahdan Sulaiman, Syed Firdaus Hassan; Forwards – Glenn Kweh, Ikhsan Fandi, Ilhan Fandi, Sahil Suhaimi, Taufik Suprano.