The Indian U-19 team will travel to Turkey as a part of the exposure tour before AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers later this year. During the tour, the Indian team will test their mettle against the strong Oman and Jordan U-19 sides. Later they will play a friendly match against a local club, Kocaelispor in Kartepe. The Indian team will be in Turkey from 19th to 27th July.
India has been grouped with heavyweights of Asian football in Group F. They will have to defeat the likes of Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan to finish at the top of the table and get a direct entry into the AFC U-19 Championship, else they will have to atleast finish 2nd, and hope to qualify as one of the best 5 Runners-up.
In an interview, Head Coach Floyd Pinto said, “We aim to play as many international matches as possible, the more we play the better get. The exposure tour to Turkey serves as a good platform to test ourselves against West Asian opposition. We aim to solidify our playing style, narrow down on our core group of players as we inch closer to the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers in November,”
Goalkeeper: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Niraj Kumar, Lalbiakhula Jongte
Defender: Jitendra Singh, Narendar, Gurkirat Singh, Sumit Rathi, Muhammad Rafi, Akash Mishra, Bikash Yumnam, Manish Chaudhary, Thoiba Singh
Midfielder: Amarjit Singh, Jeakson Singh, Ninthoiganba Meetei, Givson Singh, Ricky Shabong, Sailo Lalchhanhima, Robin Yadav
Forward: Harmanpreet Singh, Vikram Partap Singh, Rohit Danu, Ridge Demello.