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Sunil Chhetri back in action, leads Bengaluru FC in AFC

Sunil Chhetri back in action


Sunil Chhetri back in action, leads Bengaluru FC in AFC

Indian Football team captain Sunil Chhetri is back in action after fighting Coronavirus last month. Chhetri is all set to lead Bengaluru FC in AFC Cup preliminary stage two contest against Nepal’s Tribhuvan Army FC. 

On Thursday, a day after three COVID-19 cases were detected among the players and staff, Bengaluru FC announced a 29-member squad for the contest against the Nepalese side.

Indian team head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli prepared for his first game in charge of the Blues and five reserve team players were listed.

Gabonese defender Yrondu Musavu-King joins Juanan Gonzalez, Cleiton Silva, and Erik Paartalu in the squad for the qualifying campaign and is the newest addition to the Blues’ foreign contingent.

On March 11 Chhetri tested positive for coronavirus and recovered by the end of the same month. His illness led him to miss India’s international friendlies against Oman and the UAE in Dubai. India had drawn 1-1 against Oman 1-1 and lost 6-0 against UAE. 

Now as he is back in the field he will serve his captaincy for the Bengaluru team. “Skipper Sunil Chhetri will lead the side into the seventh season of continental football, with the 36-year-old having joined the side in Goa where preparations for the campaign are well underway,” the club said in a statement.

The squad of the team is listed below:

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Lara Sharma, Sharon Padattil.

Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Pratik Chaudhari, Juan Gonzalez, Wungngayam Muirang, Ajith Kumar, Ashique Kuruniyan, Joe Zoherliana, Parag Shrivas, Yrondu Musavu-King, Biswa Darjee.

Midfielders: Erik Paartalu, Suresh Wangjam, Harmanjot Khabra, Namgyal Bhutia, Emanuel Lalchhanchuaha, Damaitphang Lyngdoh, Muhammad Inayath.

Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Edmund Lalrindika, Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva, Leon Augustine, Naorem Roshan Singh, Sivasakthi Narayanan, Akashdeep Singh.

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