The blue tigers are leaving for Thailand. coach Igor Stimac calls six newcomers to the final list of 23



Indian football coach Igor Stibak called on Sunday six newcomers to the final list of 23 players for the King's Cup to be held in Buriram, Thailand, on June 5th.

The six new entrants include Rahul Bheke, Brandon Fernandes, Raynier Fernandes, Michael Soosairaj, Abdul Sahal and U-17 World Cup captain Amarjit Singh.

Meanwhile, Adil Khan has returned to the team after 2012, while goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh has not yet made his international debut.

"We had to make the difficult decision for the other two slots in the group and eventually, Nishu Kumar and Jobby Justin were released," said the coach.

The team leaves for Thailand on Sunday and will have an overnight stay in Bangkok tonight. They will fly to Buriram on Monday morning.

India will play Curacao in the first Cup Cup match on June 5, while the second fight is scheduled for June 8.

"We have done our work in Delhi and I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the participation of all of us to help us do it," said Stimac.

"I have to thank the AIFF, the players, the media, the hotel authorities and obviously the Sports Authority for providing large training facilities," he added.

Central defender Sandesh Jhingan said everyone enjoyed the camp completely and they were all pumped.

"The coach has brought his new system, we play more with the ball now – more than an aggressive side of the football. With the success we had before, the players are being hungry for more success," Jogan said.

He felt that it is always a bonus for a player if the coach has played in his place.

"He was a central defender who played at the Philadelphia World Cup in 1998, where Croatia finished third and played the league football at the highest level and was also a world champion of youth.

"I have spoken to him about the areas in which I want to improve and highlight a number of factors. It is always so encouraging to have the right connection," Jhingan said.

Gurpreet goalkeeper Singh Sandhu praised the coach saying "Stimac is a hard-working professional."

"It is very important for a coach to be honest and very simple. Most importantly, he provides all the right arguments for what he is trying to do, the purpose behind everything that is done," said Sandhu.

"The kind of hunger that boys show to learn from such an experienced coach is exemplary; what he says, we care about, and boys never get tired of listening to him, embodying his ideas, and we are ready to learn." The average Pronoy Halder admitted that he has improved significantly within Stimac.

"He led me and took the ball, explaining my position according to the situations of the races. He is a very good motivator and he is very excited.

"He says we can bridge the gap with the highest nations, but we have to work hard for that," Halder said.

"Sometimes we can imagine the names that have been trained by Mordin, Pericic, Kovacsi, among others, it is up to us to get as far as we can," he added.

The preparatory camp had begun on 21 May in the capital.

The final list of 23:

Goalkeeper: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh.

Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Subhasish Bose.

Medium: Wanda Singh, Jackhand Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Anirut Thapas, Ranier Fernandes, Pontai Halder, Vanity Rai, Shahal Abdul, Amarit Singh, Lalizanouala Chande, Michael Sosairai.

Front: Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh.