The AIFF has finalised the playing squad for the Under-13 AFC Football Festival (South Asian Zone) to be held at Yazd City, Iran from May 18 to 28. The squad was selected from a month-long camp in Chandigarh.
The Under-13 AFC Football Festival is not in a tournament format, so India would be facing all participating sides - Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the hosts Iran. The Football Festival is about exposure for young kids at the international level.
Manager Satheevan Balan informed, "We will divide the squad into two teams so that everyone gets a chance to play. One team will play the first match while the remaining boys will play the next."
"Results don't matter at this stage. It's important to give an opportunity to all to generate interest at this age," Balan added.
Sam Noronha (Goa), Subrata Das (West Bengal)
Fwiden Bargoyary (Assam), Vijay Kumar (Haryana), Konjenbham (Manipur), Maniranjan Singh (Manipur), Vanlalruata (Mizoram), Jonathan Lalmuansanga (Mizoram), Krishanu Santra (West Bengal), Rabin Mahato (West Bengal), Babu Mondal (West Bengal), Shahbaaz
Lazimali (Kerala), Bento Neuton Joe (Kerala), Lalthansanga (Mizoram), Lalmuanzova (Mizoram), Lalrintluanga (Mizoram), Sandip Bhattacharjee (West Bengal), Rajesh Goswami (West Bengal)
Heisham Sailesh Singh (Manipur), Lalremuata, (Mizoram), Firozuddin Molla (West Bengal), Basu Mukherjee (West Bengal)
Surinder Singh (Head Coach), Tarun Roy (Assistant Coach), Satheevan Balan (Manager), S, Babu (Physio)