Thursday, July 7, 2011

Two city footballers in the U-19 National squad

Rookies from the Garden City, Anto Xavier and Edwin have been included in the U-19 Indian squad. The juniors will represent their country in the U-19 Weifang Cup in Shandong, China.
Anto Xavier

Defender Edwin is a product of the DYSS, Bangalore. Anto Xavier hails from Austin Town and plays in the midfield position. Anto has represented BDFA B Division team Southern Blues.

Exactly a year ago, Anto represented India U-16 team in an exposure trip, Coca-Cola International 2010 football camp in Tuks village, Pretoria, South Africa. 

The team leaves for Shanghai on July 10 for the preparatory camp and will then travel to Shandong for the U-19 Weifang Cup, which kicks-off on August 1.

FC Benfica, FC Guadalajara Chivas, China’s U-19 National Team, and FC Chunna Dragons have already confirmed their participation in the tourney.


Goalkeeper: Kamaljit Singh, Albino Gomes, Nitin Meel
Defender: Bikramjit Singh, Sonu, Arijeet Singh, Pawan Kumar, Akashdeep Singh, Pritam Kotal, Edwin, Narayan Das

Midfielder: Sehnaj Singh, Prabir Das, Pronoy Halder, Brandon Fernandes, Johny Chand Singh, Sunny, Anto Xavier

Striker: Holicharan Narzary, Sumit Passi, Rajinder Kumar, Malswamfela, Pankaj Sona, Lalnunmawia

Coach: Colm Toal

Assistant Coach: Francisco Bruto da Costa, Shabir Pasha, Feroze Sheriff (Goalkeeping)

Physio: Vijayan Inian Lenin

The U-19 squad defeated Sesa Football Academy 10-0 in their last practice match today. Rajinder Kumar scored a hat trick, Sumit Passi scored a brace while Pronoy Halder, Yumnam Meetei, Malswamfela, Brandon Fernandes and Souvik Das scored one apiece.

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