A squad of 20 players landed in Thimphu from New Delhi for India&’s forthcoming friendly practice match against Bhutan. The match, an unofficial one, is scheduled on August 13.

The squad proceeded to Thimphu after a 13-day-long pre-season training camp where national coach Stephen Constantine looked at many first-timers in an effort to “expand the pool of players” for the national team.

Speaking prior to departure, Constantine mentioned that the squad needed to “acclimatise fast to the colder temperatures and high altitude” in Bhutan.

 “I don’t think the weather in Bhutan will be a concern. Obviously the temperatures will be quite different from what we have at present in India,” he said.

 “It&’s going to be a lot more colder than what we had in Delhi. But that&’s something which we will have to adjust to. Dealing with different climatic conditions is part of International football and at the end of the day it all boils down to how you play,” he added.

The minimum temperature during summer in Bhutan is around 14 degree Celsius, while in Delhi it is around 27 degree Celsius.

“Obviously the match will be played at a much higher altitude but we will train for four days to acclimatise,” Constantine said.

Bhutan are presently preparing for their 2019 Asian Cup UAE qualifiers and the match will serve as a preparation for their first-leg match against Bangladesh on September 6.
 
The squad:

Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, T.P Rehenesh, Laxmikant Kattimani.

Defenders: Sandesh Jhingan, Fluganco Cardozo, Chinglesana Konsham Singh, Aiborlang Khongjee, Koushik Sarkar.

Midfielders: Isaac Chhakchhuak, Rowlin Borges, Dhanpal Ganesh, David Lalrinmuana, Vinit Rai, Germanpreet Singh, Pronoy Halder, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Jackichand Singh.

Forwards: Halicharan Narzary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi.

Coach: Stephen Constantine.