20 named in state U-19 football squad

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 17.01.12
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Jharkhand Football Association (JFA) on Monday named a 20-member squad that will take part in the 48th U-19 National Football Championship for Dr BC Roy Trophy. The tournament will be held in Siliguri from January 18 to 26.

The outfit, which was picked after a two-day selection trial at Chaibasa’s Singhbhum Sports Association Ground, will be, not surprisingly, led by Tata Football Academy cadet Udanta Singh. More than 200 hopefuls had earlier sweated it out in West Singhbhum on January 12 and 13 for a berth in the state team.

Apart from Udanta Singh, the others who made the cut to the Jharkhand squad were Gurpreet Singh, Ranjit Das, Sanjiv Kumar Singh, Jarmanjit Singh, Gurmeet Mukhi, Gurba Gagrai, Kanhai Birua, Avisekh Saha, Md Jirajuddin, Sahib Singh Bhasin, S.K. Rohit, Kamaldeep Singh, Suraj Singh, Arpit Topno, Dinesh Bhagat, Md. Naqiur Rahman, Vimal Kumar, Diganta Khaddar and Biswajeet Sardar.

Md Shafique and Rabindra Murmu will accompany the outfit, which left for Siliguri on Monday, as coach and manager respectively.

Speaking to The Telegraph on Monday, JFA vice-president Ramesh Mehta said that they had put together a strong side.

“We have tried to pick the best from the pool of talents that had turned up for selection. Jharkhand will take on Chandigarh in their first match on January 18,” Mehta said.

Interestingly, Jharkhand, which has earlier bagged the BC Roy Trophy five times, will depend on the exploits of Tata Football Academy cadets this year too to help them come out on top. Eight Tata football association trainees — Udanta Singh, Biswajeet Sardar, Suraj Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Sanjiv Kumar Singh, Jarmanjit Singh, S.K. Rohit and Kamaldeep Singh — who turned up for selections, interestingly, made the cut to the state squad.

Sources said that had Tata Football Academy not scheduled its induction trials in Ranchi at the same time, more cadets would have turned up for selection at Chaibasa.

Mehta, however, said that they were satisfied with the team. “The squad looks balanced and fit,” he said, adding that the squad had been picked entirely on merit.