Bengaluru FC announce squad for NextGen Cup

PTI, July 24, 2022, 5:33 PM IST

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC on Sunday named their 20-man squad for the PL Next Gen Cup, which takes place in the UK next week.

Led by head coach Naushad Moosa, the team features new signings Felixson Fernandes, Clarence Fernandes and Ankith Padmanabhan.

“I’m especially happy for the boys who worked hard to earn this experience. The Reliance Foundation Development League gave me the opportunity to see some of the players in action and assess where they are on their way to the first team.

“The NextGen Cup will now help us play against some of the best youth teams in England, and we’re all very excited,” said Moosa, after the Blue Colts touched down in London and were given a tour of Wembley Stadium. .

Namgyal Bhutia is expected to lead the Blue Colts into the NextGen Cup, having qualified as the winner of the RF Development League. Kerala Blasters, who finished second in the same tournament, are the other Indian Super League team in the UK for the tournament.

“This team here is a mix of players who played for the first team and others who work hard to get noticed. They are all really motivated and I’m sure they will give the best of their ability,” added Moosa.

Crew

Guardians: Dipesh Chauhan, Sharon Padattil

Defenders: Felixson Fernandes, Clarence Fernandes, Robin Yadav, Namgyal Bhutia, Rajanbir Singh, Tomthinganba Meetei

Midfielders: Kamalesh Palanisamy, Bekey Oram, Shighil Nambrath, Damaitphang Lyngdoh, Lalhmingchuanga Fanai, Lalremtuanga Fanai

Strikers: Lalpekhlua, Monirul Molla, Ankith Padmanabhan, Thoi Singh, Sivasakthi Narayanan, Akashdeep Singh.

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