Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will be skipper of the Indian team in their International friendly versus Cambodia in Phnom Penh today. The game is part of India’s preparation for the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers later this year.
This will be the 2nd time on the trot that Sandhu will skipper India. His first outing saw India routing Puerto Rico last year.
India will hope for a great result on Cambodia but performing on an artificial turf will make the game more challenging.
The game on Cambodia will be India’s 1st since the victory against Puerto Rico, who were then ranked 114, 38 spots above the hosts, in Mumbai last September. It was India’s 4th straight victory in 2016 under coach Stephen Constantine whose contract was renewed till the Asian Cup qualifiers in 2016.
India doesn’t have a grand record in international events away from home. The last time the Indian football team won an international friendly was in June 2006. They defeated Pakistan by a goal. India’s captain in that match Shanmugam Venkatesh is presently the team’s manager.
“We will be playing on an artificial turf. We would have preferred to play on grass. But we need to settle. It is a very significant match for us ahead of the important match against Myanmar in the AFC Cup qualifiers,” said Constantine.