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Sunil Chhetri to join camp on August 12

Sunil Chhetri

BANGALORE: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has included Sunil Chhetri among the 27 probables for the Nehru Cup after receiving confirmation from the Portugal-based striker that he will join the camp at the Bangalore Football Stadium on August 12.Chhetri, who had matches scheduled on August 12 and 19 for his team Sporting Clube de Portugal, has assured the AIFF confirming his joining date for the camp. India take on Syria in the opener on August 22.”I had a detailed discussion with him (Chhetri) and his coach and it’s great that we got confirmation from his club on his release. This gives us enough time to work with him to prepare ourselves,” national coach Wim Koevermans said.Three weeks with the national team is a rare opportunity for any coach, admitted Koevermans. “Three weeks is a lot of time for a coach and this doesn’t happen a lot in international football. We have only one goal and that is to win the Nehru Cup,” said Koevermans, who will prune the squad to 20 after the camp.India have won the Nehru Cup twice in 2007 and 2009 and will look to seal a hat-trick of titles when the tournament kicks-off at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on August 22. The squad will leave Bangalore on August 16 for a five-day training session at Jaypee Greens in Greater Noida on the outskirts of the Capital.Probables:Goalkeepers: Subrata Pal, Subhasish Roychowdhury, Karanjeet Singh.Defenders: Nirmal Chhetri, Denzil Franco, Gourmangi Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Raju Gaikwad, Khelemba Meitei, Syed Rahim Nabi, Mohan Raj.Midfielders: Mehtab Hossain, Rocus Lamare, Milan Singh, Baldeep Singh, Jewel Raja, Francis Fernandes, Alwyn George, Anthony Pereira, Gilbert Oliviera, Sanju Pradhan, Clifford Miranda, Joaquim Abranches.Forwards: Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Manandeep Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua.TNN

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