Shameel Chembakath to coach youthful squad as HFC gear up for prestigious tournament
Hyderabad: Hyderabad FC have named their 22-man squad that will travel to Kolkata for the 130th edition of the prestigious Durand Cup, set to begin on September 5th.
Overseen by the First Team Assistant Coach and Technical Director (Youth) Thangboi Singto and Reserve Team Head Coach Shameel Chembakath, the HFC youngsters are currently training in Hyderabad and will depart for the City of Joy in the coming days.
With four first-team players in the squad – Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Pritam Soraisam, Ishan Dey and Abdul Rabeeh – the young side will aim to leave their mark on Asia’s oldest football tournament. The 22-member squad which kicks off their campaign against Assam Rifles on the 12th of September also boasts of 20 players aged 20 or less.
3⃣ Group stage games in 8⃣ Days!
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— Hyderabad FC (@HydFCOfficial) August 25, 2021
Following their opener, HFC will face 2019-20 defending champions Gokulam Kerala on the 16th before the final group stage game against Army Red on the 19th of September.
Goalkeepers: Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Aman Kumar Sahani, Abhinav Mulagada
Defenders: Pritam Soraisam, Amritpal Singh, Muhammed Rafi, Goutam Saikhom, Muhammad Safique Ahmed, Dipu Halder, Paogoumang Singson
Midfielders: Abdul Rabeeh, Mark Zothanpuia, Lalchungnunga Chhangte, R Swapana Jeevan RT, Koustav Dutta, Crespo Vanlalhriatpuia, Lalrintluanga, Suhit Chhetry, Amosa Lalnundanga, Rohlupuia
Forwards: Ishan Dey, Arun Kabrabam
Staff: Thangboi Singto (Technical Director – Youth), Shameel Chembakath (Head Coach, Reserves), Prabhakar Raj (Goalkeeper Coach), Joy Gabriel (Performance Analyst), Vinu Varghese (Physiotherapist), Nithin Mohan (Team Manager)