New Delhi: Since winning the Nehru Cup last September, India’s form has dipped immensely.
While Wim Koevermans’ boys have won against the lowly Chinese Taipei and Guam in the AFC Challenge Cup, they have suffered losses against Singapore, Palestine, Myanmar and Tajikistan.
If the on-field problems have been a cause of concern for Koevermans, he will be now saddled with an off the field issue ahead of the SAFF Championship.
Three players were released from the ongoing national camp in Bangalore on Sunday due to different reasons.
While attacking midfielders Mohammed Rafique and Tsewang Karma were packed off for not having passports, experienced defender Denzil Franco was released because of an injury he suffered during the friendly against Tajikistan.
What hurts India is the fact that All India Football Federation (AIFF) will not be able to name replacements for these players as a list of 30 players have already been registered for the meet.