Igor Stimac Announces Probables for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


In a significant development for Indian football, head coach Igor Stimac has announced a list of 35 probables for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Afghanistan. The announcement, made on Thursday, March 7, 2024, marks an important step in India’s journey towards the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027.

The first qualifier against Afghanistan will be played away from home on March 21, 2024, in Abha, Saudi Arabia, followed by the second game at Guwahati on March 26, 2024. These matches are crucial for the Indian team’s aspirations to qualify for the World Cup.

Igor Stimac announces 35 probables

The list of probables includes some of the most talented players in Indian football. The goalkeepers’ list features Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Phurba Tempa Lachenpa, and Vishal Kaith. The defenders’ list includes Akash Mishra, Lalchungnunga, Mehtab Singh, Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Nikhil Chandrashekhar Poojary, Subhasish Bose, Narender, Anwar Ali, Roshan Singh Naorem, Amey Ganesh Ranawade, and Jay Gupta.

The midfielders’ list comprises Anirudh Thapa, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Mahesh Singh Naorem, Sahal Abdul Samad, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Deepak Tangri, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Lalengmawia Ralte, and Imran Khan. The forwards’ list includes Sunil Chhetri, Ishan Pandita, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Manvir Singh, Vikram Partap Singh, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Nandhakumar Sekar, and Isak Vanlalruatfela.

This selection reflects the depth and diversity of talent in Indian football. It also underscores Stimac’s commitment to nurturing young talent while relying on the experience of seasoned players.

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