Barasat, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

AIFF XI take on Frenz United Indonesia in their first Home-match of the Asia Champions Trophy 2014 at the Barasat Stadium here tomorrow.


The lights light up the practice session at the Barasat Stadium. AIFF XI, represented by All India Football Federation's Kalyani Regional Academy, which also happens to be the U-16 National Team, run around.

"We need to convert the intensity of the practice sessions into the match," Head Coach said after the session ends.

"The format of the Tournament makes the Home-matches so important. We understand and know that our opponents, Frenz United, Indonesia are a strong unit. They have several U-16 National Team Players in their ranks. We need to be cautious," Ghosh adds. "The mistakes which we committed in our first match should not be repeated."

Ghosh has made one change to his squad of 18 which had played against Frenz United, Malaysia, A in the first match with Edmund Lalrindika replacing Bedashwor Singh.

As per the Tournament regulations, six substitutions are allowed in a Match.

Incidentally, Frenz United, Malaysia A, AIFF XI's opponents in the first match and Frenz United, Indonesia are run by the same management with the same owner.

"The boys have responded well after the away-loss in the first match. The Malaysian National Team who were represented by Frenz United had finished ahead of Korea in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers. The fact that we created three open chances against them speaks about the quality of my boys," Ghosh quips.

The evenings stay pleasant in Barasat. A cool breeze blows across the Stadium and quite a few onlookers enquire about the Match timings. There are no tickets for the Match, entry is free.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)