Guwahati, Oct 4: The Indian football squad has assembled here for the preparatory camp ahead of India’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier scheduled against Bangladesh at the VYBK Stadium in Kolkata on October 15.
The squad will be practicing in Guwahati till October 12, and then arrive in Kolkata, the ‘Mecca of Indian Football, the following day after a prolonged gap of eight years. "Everyone in the camp is excited about National Team's return to Kolkata. I have been told it’s been long 8 years we last played there. We intend to make it an unforgettable experience," the Coach said.
"There was brilliant support for us in Guwahati (against Oman) and now we are expecting a full house in Kolkata also," a buoyant Stimac said.The Blue Tigers will also be playing a friendly match against Hero Indian Super League side Northeast United FC in Guwahati.
"It'll be a good test for us before facing Bangladesh and a great chance for all the players to fight for a place in the team," Stimac mentioned.Meanwhile, talismanic goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who donned the captain's armband against Qatar on September 10, quipped he “can’t wait to hit the pitch."
"It's always about looking ahead and starting from scratch. We can't wait to hit the pitch and get our first win. That'll give our campaign some much-needed boost for the upcoming games in November and later," Sandhu stated. (UNI)