Starting its month-long preparations for the January Asian Cup in Qatar, the 37-member Indian football squad has arrived here for training and planned friendly matches against local clubs.

Chief coach Bob Houghton had already travelled from South Africa to join the players and the rest of the supporting staff flew in from New Delhi.

Skipper Baichung Bhutia and star striker Sunil Chhetri are among the players who joined the squad before making the trip to Dubai. The team has started its daily training at the local Al Wasl Club. — PTI

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