Imphal, Jan. 1: Manipur will meet Arunachal Pradesh in the opening match of the qualifying round of the 68th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy (Northeast zone) to begin from January 27 at Aizawl.
For the qualifying round matches, Manipur are clustered in Group A along with Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. Group B comprises Assam, Railways, Meghalaya and Tripura.
Only one team will be picked from each group.
Manipur have listed 21 players for their phase two camp.
Goalkeepers: Y. Surchandra, Joseph T. Khongsai. Defenders: Oken Singh, T. Raju, Th. Itomba, A. Herojit, A. Meino, Md Sohail, Daniel Lhmar. Midfielders: L. Gouro, Md Imran Khan, N. Sushil, Md Riyash Khan, Christopher Kamei, H. Chakravorti. Forwards: Md Sahidur Rehman, L. Sanatomba, Kh Satish, Th. Premkumar and Kh. Naoton.
The All-Manipur Football Association (AMFA) has named S. Premkanta Singh as coach and W. Manihar Singh as manager of the team. Training is on in full swing at Football Turf, Khuman Lampak, since December.
The secretary of AMFA, L. Ranjit Roy, told The Telegraph that Manipurís players who are playing in clubs of other states would join from phase two as soon as they are released by their clubs.
He added: ďWe did not perform well in the last edition; we are taking great care in team combination this time and hopefully we will be qualified from this zonal encounter and perform better in the final round.Ē
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