Intercontinental Cup: Chhetri-led India seek title glory against Kenya
The Indian national football team will be up against Kenya in the final of the Intercontinental Cup 2018 in Mumbai on Sunday. India won their first two games in this tournament before losing 1-2 against New Zealand. Kenya, on the other hand, come from a 4-0 win against Chinese Taipei. Here is all about the finale in our pre-match report.
India look to fly under Sunil Chhetri
The Indians will be looking up to skipper Sunil Chhetri, who has been in prime form in the 4-nation tournament. The player has scored a whopping 62 goals for India and will once again want to be on the score-sheet. With an able support from Jeje Lalpekhlua, the Indian attack will aim to create issues for the Kenyan defense early in the match.
India boast of quality names who can cause harm
The Indians will need to come together in all parts of the pitch against a strong physical Kenyan side. Udanta Singh and Pronay Halder hold the aces in mid-field. With an in-form Pritam Kotal in defense, India will hope to keep the Kenyan strikers at bay. Indian goal-keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is set to return to the side.
Kenya will be wary about the challenge
Kenya had suffered a 0-3 loss earlier against India and the side will be wary about the challenge they are up against. Ochieng and Mutamba are the two main lethal weapons for Kenya coach Sebastian. Can they get past the Indian defense?
The Indian squad - Intercontinental Cup 2018
Goal-keepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Vishal Kaith. Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Lalruatthara, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Subhasish Bose. Mid-fielders: Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Pronay Halder, Md. Rafique, Halicharan Narzary, Laldanmawia Ralte. Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Alen Deory.
Timing, TV listing, Venue - India vs Kenya
The match is set to be played on June 10, Sunday at the Mumbai Football Arena from 8:00 PM onwards. It will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and can also be streamed live on Hotstar.