The All India Football Federation, on Friday, added Sandesh Jhingan, Chinglensana Singh and Lalchungnunga to the Indian team for the upcoming 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou.
The AIFF will also conduct a medical test of Naorem Mahesh Singh before taking a decision to include him in the squad.
This ends weeks of speculations on which players will form the Indian team for the continental games.
Both of them though found their names in a list released by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on the very next day, furthering the confusion.
While Mahesh was a part of the initial squad announced in August, Chinglensana, on the other hand, was not part of any of the squads announced prior to the final list announced earlier today.
The Indian federation and the Indian Super League clubs were at loggerheads for a long time regarding the release of players for the Asian Games.
The ISL season is slated to start from September 21 – two days after the Indian team starts its Asian Games campaign against hosts China. Since the continental games does not fall under the Fifa window, the clubs were unwilling to release their top players for the competition.
Indian men’s squad for the 2022 Asian Games:
Goalkeepers: Gurmeet Singh, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem
Defenders: Sumit Rathi, Narender Gahlot, Deepak Tangri, Sandesh Jhingan, Chinglensana Singh, Lalchungnunga
Midfielders: Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Samuel James Lyngdoh, Rahul KP, Abdul Rabeeh, Ayush Dev Chhetri, Bryce Miranda, Azfar Noorani, Vincy Barretto
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Rahim Ali, Rohit Danu, Gurkirat Singh, Aniket Jadhav
Head coach: Igor Stimac