Hockey India on Sunday named the 24 member core probables for the junior men’s national coaching camp to begin on September 17 at Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru. The players will train under coach Jude Felix till October 4 as they prepare for the upcoming 8th Sultan of Johor Cup 2018 which will be held from October 6th – 13th in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Eight members from the Indian junior men’s team that won the bronze medal at the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017 have been selected for the national camp which includes Pankaj Kumar Rajak, Suman Beck, Harmanjit Singh, Mandeep Mor, Varinder Singh, Vishal Antil, Shilanand Lakra and Abhishek. While there are several new faces who have also received their first call-up to the junior national camp. The camp will give a chance to all the 24 players to show their talent and vie for a place in the final 18-member squad that leaves for the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup.
Felix has watched all the 24 players closely before giving them a call-up to the national camp and the former Indian Captain believes that it is crucial to train the upcoming crop of players well. He said, “We have selected these campers focusing on creating a team which can represent the Senior team in the coming years. Each of the 24 players are dynamic and have the capability of representing the National team, therefore it is important for us to condition these players in a way that they help the country in becoming one of the best teams in the world. Our focus will be on setting up a strong structured team, and understanding the right mix of 18 players who can help our team in producing our best performance at the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.”
“We have also placed special emphasis on improving our skills, fitness, speed, mental conditioning and other key aspects of the game. It is also important for the players to have good communication skills, both on and off the field, therefore the next 17 days will give us sufficient time to help these youngsters in all departments,” expressed the Indian coach.
Goalkeepers: Pankaj Kumar Rajak, Kamalbir Singh
Defenders: Suman Beck, Mohd Faraz, Somjeet, Mandeep Mor, Parampreet Singh, Prince, Varinder Singh, Lugun Cyril
Midfielders: Gregory Xess, Yashdeep Siwach, Harmanjit Singh, Vishnu Kant Singh, Gopi Kumar Sonkar, Vishal Antil, Haspreet Singh
Forwards: Gursahabjit Singh, Amandeep Singh, Abhilash Stalin C, Abhishek, H Mani Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Shilanand Lakra