India takes on Whitecaps FC

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

The Indian football team takes the field for the first time under the guidance of new coach Bob Houghton in the Vancouver Whitecaps Nations Cup.

Vancouver:

The Indian football team takes the field for the first time under the guidance of new coach Bob Houghton when it meets a local club side at the Vancouver Whitecaps Nations Cup on Wednesday. After taking over last month, Houghton, who has previous coaching experience with the national sides of China, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan, conducted a three-week long camp in Goa, and selected a 20-member squad for the tour out of the 35 players who attended the stint. In the absence of star striker Bhaichung Bhutia, who did not attend the camp and has asked to be excused from national duty, their team will be led by Mahindra United midfielder Shanmugam Venkatesh who wore the captain's armband before the ace goalpoacher returned to the side for the SAF Cup in Karachi late last year. With the Mohun Bagan stalwart missing from the line-up, the Indian forwardline sports a much weakened look and the responsibility of finding the net would fall on the Kolkata outfit's Sushil Kumar Singh, JCT Mills' talented Sunil Chetri and Freddy Mascarenhas of Churchill Brothers. (PTI)

Topics : Football India
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