Aircraftsmen Malemn, Deepak Prakash, and Vinoth Kumar will be a part of the 64 players attending the U-22 selection trials. This trial is a build-up for the U-22 Asian Cup scheduled next year.
Also, Garden City boys Shankar S, Vishal Kumar Ravindra (both Pailan Arrows), and Niroshan Mani (Sporting Clube de Goa) too makes to the list.
Under the watchful eyes of AIFF Technical Director Rob Baan and Head Coach, Youth Development, Mr. Colm Toal, this trial will be held in the Pailan World School, Kolkata from March 3 thru March 8.
The shortlisted players would be called for a Preparatory Camp later. U-22 players on the National duty for the AFC Challenge Cup won’t be able to attend trials.
Interestingly, Vinoth Kumar is selected as a forward, the position he has hardly played in I-League. Also, Deepak Prakash has been hardly used by HAL coach in this season. Pailan Arrows ward Vishal Ravindra is hardly seen playing in this season. Promising Shankar was forced to sit out for more than a season. After recuperating in the Pailan Arrows camp, he is recovered now, and raring to go.
Hope these players can showcase their skills in the trials!
GOALKEEPERS: Jagroop Singh (Prayag United SC); Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Jayanta Paul (both Kingfisher East Bengal); Ishan Debnath (Mumbai FC); Ravi Kumar, Sayan Roy (both Pailan Arrows), Soram Poirei Angamba (Shillong Lajong FC).
DEFENDERS: Collin Abranches (Air India), Abhishek Das, Saikat Saha Roy (both Kingfisher East Bengal), Joy Mrong Kharraswai, Ronaldo Zothanzama (both Shillong Lajong); Sourav Chakraborty (McDowells Mohun Bagan); Akashdeep Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Arijeet Singh, Sonu Beniwal, Vishal Kumar, Souvik Ghosh, Deepak Devrani, Prathmesh Maulingkar, Pritam Kotal, Irfan Khan, Chingkhei Yumnam, Jayabrata Dhar, Ravinder Singh, Lalrozama Fanai (all Pailan Arrows); Rollingson Hungyo (Pune FC), Joyner Monte Lourenco (Sporting Clube de Goa), Manpreet, Narayan Das (both TATA Football Academy).
MIDFIELDERS: Usman Ashik (Chirag United Kerala); Lalrindika Ralte (Churchill Brothers SC); Brian Mascarenhas, Romeo Fernandes (both Dempo SC); KSH Malemngangba Meiti, Deepak Prakash (both Hindustan Aeronautics Limited); Souvik Chakraborthy, Manish Bhargav (both McDowells Mohun Bagan); Bikramjit Singh (Sr), Ongnam Milan Singh, Sehnaj Singh, Prabir Das, Tirthankar Sarkar, Shankar S, Yaikhom Randhan Meetei, Simranjeet Singh, Siam Hangal, Pronoy Haldar (all Pailan Arrows); Ganeshan (Pune FC), Senhasis Datta (Prayag United SC), Clifton Dias (Salgaocar SC), Borges Rowllin, Niroshan Mani, Stephene Barreto (all Sporting Clube de Goa); Jonychand Singh (SESA); Shahir S (Chirag United Kerala);
FORWARDS: Manandeep Singh (Air India); Vinoth Kumar (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited); Bijendra Rai, Malswamfela, Holicharan Narzary, Alwin George, Pankaj Sona, Rajinder Kumar, Sumit Passi (all Pailan Arrows); Jeje Lalpekhlua (Pune FC); Pritam Singh (Sporting Clube de Goa).