News SAFF U19 Championship 2023: PREVIEW

In a highly-anticipated pre-match press meet ahead of the forthcoming SAFF U-19 Championship, key insights have been revealed by the participating teams, setting the stage for an exciting tournament.

Here's a comprehensive overview of the noteworthy announcements:

India National Under-19 football head coach Shuvendu Panda made a significant announcement, unveiling a formidable 23-member Indian squad for the SAFF U-19 Championship, which is set to commence in Kathmandu on September 21. The Indian team intensified their preparation by embarking on an exposure-cum-training camp in Saudi Arabia. They expressed a strong commitment to their preparations, affirming their readiness and eagerness for the challenges ahead.

Bangladesh Under the guidance of Head coach Rashed Ahmed and featuring the talented player Moinvl Ishan Moin, the Bangladesh team is dedicated to performing at their best. They have diligently prepared for the past four weeks, with a singular focus on delivering top-notch performances during the Championship.

Bhutan Led by Head coach Hideharu Takahashi and supported by Assistant coach Sonam Dhenchup, Bhutan arrives with high expectations. The team, which includes player Pema Zangpo, has undergone two months of rigorous preparation, exuding confidence as they look forward to the tournament.

Maldives Head coach Ahmed Shakir heads the Maldives team, featuring the impressive player Zahaan Nazeer. Their meticulous preparation, including numerous friendly matches, highlights their commitment to success. With players representing both local and national-level leagues, and an astounding 90% of the squad selected through an open process from clubs, the Maldives stand as a formidable contender.

Nepal Under the guidance of Head coach Sunil Shrestha and featuring player Ziaratha Shetkh, Nepal has undertaken extensive preparation. This includes friendly matches and an open selection process, emphasizing their dedication to delivering their best. The national team's roster is expected to showcase exceptional U-19 talent as they aim for a spot in the tournament final. The Nepali team is determined to compete vigorously for victory.

The SAFF U-19 Championship promises to be a thrilling showcase of football talent, with these teams poised to give their all and vie for a place in the final, setting the stage for an exciting and competitive tournament

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