In­dia to play Bhutan in a warm-up match

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

In­dia is set to play against Bhutan in an un­of­fi­cial away prac­tice game af­ter miss­ing out on the tour of the USA.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Pub­lished: Au­gust 4, 2016 3:06 pm

The In­dian na­tional foot­ball team will play Bhutan in an un­of­fi­cial away prac­tice game on Au­gust 13 af­ter the pro­posed tour of the United States of Amer­ica did not ma­te­ri­alise.

The 23-mem­ber squad is presently sweat­ing it out in a pre-sea­son Camp in Delhi.

“We are a bit dis­ap­pointed that the tour to USA didn’t hap­pen. In such a sit­u­a­tion it was very im­por­tant for us to get a game but we man­aged to get one at such a short no­tice,” na- tional coach Stephen Con­stan­tine was quoted as say­ing by the AIFF web­site.

“We have a squad of 23 Play­ers who have not trained for the last two to three months. A lot of them are young­sters and it just gives us a chance to give th­ese boys a bit more of International ex­pe­ri­ence,” he added.

“We have a lot of guys who have been knock­ing at the door to get in and with Ben­galuru FC and East Ben­gal hav­ing not re­leased their Play­ers, it pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for some other peo­ple to get some ex­po­sure,” he main­tained.

“We have said all along that we are try­ing to build a big­ger pool of Play­ers. There is a fierce com­peti- tion for places and I think this game is im­por­tant in the devel­op­ment of young Play­ers,” he com­mented.

Mean­while, some Play­ers and staff were hit by a bout of food poi­son­ing on Wed­nes­day (Au­gust 3, 2016). The squad has been prac­tic­ing in the Cap­i­tal since July 26.

Bhutan are presently prepar­ing for their Qual­i­fiers for the Asian Cup Qual­i­fiers.

“The Play­ers in Bhutan are presently play­ing in their League. They will have a lot of games un­der their belt,” Con­stan­tine men­tioned.

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