Monday, September 3, 2012

Nehru Cup 2012: Road to victory

Preparation for AIFF's Platinum Jubilee Nehru Cup suffered a jolt when the venue was shifted from Jaypee Greens Atlantis, Greater Noida to Bangalore Football Stadium owing to incessant rains across the region. The camp started in Bangalore from Friday, August 3, 2012.  

Read a brief camp report and enjoy the camp pictures from here...

gcsstars.com met Coach Wilhelmus ‘Wim’ Jacobus Koevermans on a day when India’s FIFA ranking hit a new low of 168, and India was the ranked lowest among other participating teams - Cameroon (59), Syria (147), Maldives (161), Nepal (162), India (168)

Definitely, task cut out, coach!

Team went back to its base in Delhi for a final round-up. 

The Indian players train at the Jaypee Greens

The Indian National Team during a practice session
Wim Koevermans makes a point to his team during the morning practice session at the Jaypee Greens
Wim Koevermans makes a point during a practice session
Slice of action from team India's practice session
Sunil Chhetri and Wim Koevermans at a pre-tournament press conference
Match 1 
22 Aug, 2012: India 2 Vs Syria 1

Francisco Fernandes gets past Syria's Alaa Alshbbli
Subrata Pal thwarts a Syrian attack during India's first match in the Nehru Cup
Mehtab Hosain intercepts against Syria

Match 2
25 Aug, 2012: India 3 Vs Maldives 0 - Maul past Maldives

Syed Rahim Nabi heads in India's first goal against Maldives in the Nehru Cup
Sunil Chhetri is being congratulated by his teammates after puttin India in the lead
Syed Rahim nabi is being congratulated by his teammates after scoring India's second goal


Match 3
28 Aug, 2012: India 0 Vs Nepal 0 

Robin Singh in action against Nepal
Lenny Rodrigues runs past the Nepal defence
Mehtab Hossain initiates an Indian attack against Nepal

Match 4
31 Aug, 2012: India 0 Vs Cameroon 1

Clifford Miranda and Jewel Raja initiate an Indian attack against Cameroon
Syed Rahim Nabi breaks through the Cameroon defence
Final
2 Sep, 2012: India 2 (5) Vs Cameroon 2 (4) 

Starting lineup against Cameroon Nehru Cup Final
 
Gouramangi Singh puts India in the lead against Cameroon
Champions Nehru Cup 2012
Team Celebration with Coach
Entire team including support staff with Nehru Cup