First time after hole 12 months, India play Oman in the present day

Dubai, March 24

Talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri will not be there to inspire but a young Indian team will seek to play fearless football against a more fancied Oman in their first international match in more than a year here tomorrow.

Chhetri is not with the team for the two international friendlies here – the second one against the UAE on Monday – as he is recovering from Covid-19.

But the side with an average age of just over 24 is raring to go in its first international match after November 2019 and many of them have done well in the recent Indian Super League for their respective franchises.

Head coach Igor Stimac said he has told the players to play free and fearless football as he was not expecting much from these two matches. “We wanted to give them the experience of playing stronger teams, that will give them more confidence and fearlessness in future,” Stimac said. “We are not obsessed with results.” — PTI

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