Jeje to lead India U-22 in AFC Championship qualifiers
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Jeje Lalpekhlua will lead the India football team in the AFC U-22 Championship (Qualifiers) to be played in Muscat from June 23.
Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been named Jeje's deputy.
The Indian squad which has been preparing at the Al Wasl Training Ground in Dubai leaves for Muscat, Thursday.
"It is a huge honour for me to lead my country," said Jeje.
"We have been training under Head Coach Arthur Papas since the first week of June and he has been a pillar of support to all of us," he added.
India have been clubbed with hosts Oman, Lebanon, Iraq, UAE and Turkmenistan. They play Lebanon in their first match, June 23.
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Vice-captain -- Kingfisher East Bengal), Ravi Kumar (Pailan Arrows), Soram Poirei Angamba (Shillong Lajong FC).
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Vishal Kumar, Souvik Ghosh, Prathamesh Maulinkar, Deepak Devrani (all from Pailan Arrows), Narayan Das, (Tata Football Academy), Abhishek Das (Kingfisher East Bengal).
Midfielders: Pronoy Halder, Ognam Milan Singh, Thirthankar Sarkar, Alwyn George, (all from Pailan Arrows), Simranjit Singh (Tata Football Academy), Ganeshan (Pune FC), Deepak Prakash (HAL), Lalrindika Ralte (Churchill Brothers), Shaiju Mon (Chirag Kerala), Romeo Fernandes (Dempo FC).
Forwards: Holicharan Narzary, (Pailan Arrows), Jeje Lalpekhlua (Captain -- Pune FC), Manandeep Singh (Air India).
Head coach: Arthur Papas.
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