The AFC Challenge Cup which is the fourth edition of the tournament will be commencing in Katmandu from 8-12 March, 2012.
With 14 goals in 18 games in 2011, the AIFF Player of the Year, Sunil Chettri will Captain India in the AFC Challenge Cup where as defender Syed Rahim Nabi will serve as the Vice-Captain.
The winner of the tournament will earn an entry to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
India coach Savio Medeira expressed his faith and confidence in the selection and said that, ”both Sunil and Nabi are quality players.They have earned the respect of everyone by their team play and leadership qualities”.
Group A consists of Nepal, Maldives, Palestine and Turkmenistan while in Group B, India, Tajikistan, North Korea and Philippines have been placed.
India’s first encounter will be against Tajikistan on March 9.
Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh, Subhasish Roychowdhury, Arindam Bhattacharya
Defenders: Nirmal Chhetri, Raju Gaikwad, Sameer Naik, Gourmangi Singh, Anwar Ali, Kinsukh Debnath, Syed Rahim Nabi (Vice Capt), Gurjinder Singh
Midfielders: Adil Khan, Anthony Pereira, Reisangmi Vashum, Rocus Lamare, Francis Fernandes, Jewel Raja, Lenny Rodrigues, Lalrindika Ralte
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri (Capt), Sushil Singh, CS Sabeeth, Joaquim Abranches.