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Head coach Igor Stimac announces list of 26 probables for Merdeka Cup 2023

New Delhi [India], September 29 (ANI): India's football team head coach Igor Stimac on Friday announced a list of 26 probables for the Merdeka Cup 2023, which is set to be played in Malaysia from October 13 to 17.

The Merdeka Cup 2023 will be a four-team tournament with hosts Malaysia, Palestine and Tajikistan being the other teams.

The tournament will be played on a knockout basis, India will take on hosts Malaysia in the second semi-final on October 13. Palestine and Tajikistan will go head to head in the first semi-final earlier on the same day.

The final and the third-placed match will take place on October 18, the latter fixture will be played between the two losing semi-finalists.

The final list of 23 players, who will travel to Malaysia, will be announced in the second week of October.

The 26-member probable list:Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Vishal Kaith and Dheeraj Singh.

Defenders: Nikhil Poojary, Roshan Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali, Mehtab Singh, Lalchungnunga, Akash Mishra and Subhasish Bose.

Midfielders: Jeakson Singh, Suresh Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Rohit Kumar, Sahal Abdul Samad, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Udanta Singh, Vikram Pratap Singh, Mahesh Singh Naorem, Liston Colaco and Nandhakumar Sekar.

Forwards: Sunil Chhetri and Manvir Singh.