There are some bright new faces in the Indian football team which plays Palestine in the international friendly at the Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday evening.
Kerala’s C.K. Vineeth — who struck a hat-trick in his last I-League game before arriving here three days ago — is one of them. Japan’s Arata Izumi, who got his Indian passport, is another.
Indian captain Sunil Chhetri said, “all the new faces are very talented. They need to be given their space and understand the demands of the team at the same time. They are giving their best and we are going all out to make them feel at home.”
Chhetri, who plays in Portugal, hopes to recreate the magic of the Nehru Cup which Indian won recently.
“We need to have the same momentum which we had during the Nehru Cup — right form our first match against Syria to the final which we won against Cameroon,” said the captain.
“We stuck to our plan and stood beside each other” — Special Correspondent