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Posted on Feb 26, 02:20PM | IBNS
By Nilanjan Datta, Yangon, Feb 26 : The Indian Senior National Team reached Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday (February 26) morning for the forthcoming AFC Challenge Cup 2014 which kicks-off on March 2.
The squad which left Mumbai late on Monday evening landed early morning at the Yangon International Airport via Singapore.
The boys were greeted by a temperature of 34 degrees even as the forecast predicted a sharp rise in temperature in the coming days. India are the first team from the Group to have arrived in Yangon. Besides hosts Myanmar, Chinese Taipei and Guam are the other teams in the Group.
However, keeping in mind Churchill Brothers' and East Bengal's commitments in the AFC Cup, the squad would be assembling in three batches.
The four players from Churchill Brothers - Sandip Nandy, Denzil Franco, Lenny Rodrigues and Sunil Chhetri would be joining the squad on Wednesday (February 27) while the three East Bengal players - Raju Gaikwad, Mehtab Hossain and Robin Singh would be landing in Myanmar the next day (February 28).
"It feels nice to land in Myanmar for the AFC Challenge Cup 2014. It's a tricky Group and all the teams are very competitive ones," National Coach Wim Koevermans, said.
"This is a very important tournament for us -- in fact, the most important," winger Clifford Miranda stressed. "We need to play to our potential. The boys are in good shape," he added.
AIFF Player-of-the-Year Syed Rahim Nabi stays confident the squad will rise to the occasion.
"We need to keep our faith in ourselves. We need to back ourselves both on and off the field. We need to behave as a team," Nabi, who was voted the Player-of-the-Year by all I-League Club Coaches, echoed.