The inaugural edition of Intercontinental Cup is going to start from tomorrow at Mumbai with competition opener between India and Chinese Taipei. New Zealand from Oceania and Kenya from Africa are the other two participants. We have monitored 5 players who will be exciting to look out for.
Here’s our list :
5. Patrick Matasi ( Kenya ) :
– As per the reports, Kenya has been relying on the inexperienced rookies in the Intercontinental Cup. But Patrick Matasi is one of those experienced player who has been playing club football for a long time, but this team he has received the call from Kenya team for Intercontinental Cup.
In his club career, he earned his first cap accidentally when regular keeper Barnabas Tiema pulled an injury during warm up before they faced Rangers FC. Since then, his performance has been on an upward scale earning himself the Number one jersey. He is excellent goalkeeper of Kenyan League, he is powerful in the air, & his composure is also phenomenon. Matasi’s deliveries from the goal kicks could be rated among the best in the league.
4. Sam Brotherton ( New Zealand ) :
– Brotherton started his career in the ASB Premiership with Wanderers SC and made his debut in the opening of the 2014–15 ASB Premiership.
In 2015, he moved to the United States and signed for University of Wisconsin. Playing in the Big Ten Conference during his freshmanyear, Brotherton would go on to make 17 appearances in 19 games for Wisconsin.
On 1 February 2017, Brotherton completed a deal with English Premier League side Sunderland until the summer of 2019. Brotherton has represented New Zealand at several levels with his first representation being with the touring New Zealand under-19 schoolboys national team in England and Ireland. Brotherton was then announced in the New Zealand national under-20 football team for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup which was to be held in New Zealand. He scored his first international goal for New Zealand in the tournament in their 5–1 victory over Myanmar. His first senior international appearance would also arrive in 2015. He was called up to the squad to face South Korea in March, however did not make an appearance. He would however be recalled for New Zealand’s friendly against Oman in Seeb, Oman.
3. Will Donkin ( Chinese Taipei ) :
– Donkin was born in Oxford to an English father and a Taiwanese mother. At the age of nine he was scouted by Barnet’s academy, before signing for Chelsea at the age of eleven. He played for the Chelsea Academy for five years, winning numerous honours including the Premier League Under-15 International Tournament where he scored in the final during a 2-1 victory over Manchester City.
In March 2017, he was signed by Crystal Palace to play in their Under-18 team.
In October 17, it emerged that Taiwan coach Gary White was interested in adding European based player with Taiwanese heritage for the national team. He chose Tim Chow of Ross County & Will Donkin. He made his debut as an 85th-minute substitute but could not prevent Taiwan from being eliminated from Asian Cup qualification at the hands of Turkmenistan.
2. Sandesh Jhingan ( India ) :
– Sandesh Jhingan started his career from United Sikkim FC. After playing two successful seasons there, he joined Mumbai FC on 2013-14 season. Another outstanding performance in Mumbai FC, showed him the entrance of ISL areana. He joined Kerala Blasters & later became the costliest player of ISL later. Now he is the best & the most costliest Indian stopper of ISL. Steven Constantine, the Indian coach, once said, “Sandesh is a player who should be playing in a bigger league. He is a fighter and leads by example.”
Indian Football team will be relying on Sandesh Jhingan in upcoming Intercontinental Cup.
1. Sunil Chhetri ( India )
– Sunil Chhetri started his football career from Mohun Bagan, later joined JCT where he scored 21 goals in 48 games. He signed for the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer in 2010, becoming the third player from the subcontinent of note to go abroad. However, that stint in the United States did not last long and soon he was back in India’s I-League where he played for Chirag United and Mohun Bagan before going back abroad.
This time he joined Sporting Lisbon of Portugal where he played for the reserve team. But his best performance came after joining Bengaluru FC, their he scored 41 goals in 93 matches.
He helped India win the 2007 Nehru Cup, 2009 Nehru Cup, the 2012 Nehru Cup as well as the 2011 SAFF Championship. He was also one of India’s best players during the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in which India won the tournament and thus qualified for their first AFC Asian Cup in 27 years. He led India in scoring during their short-lived campaign at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with two goals. Chhetri has also been named AIFF Player of the Year four times in 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014. He is now currently the top scorer of Indian football team with 56 goals.