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FIH Hockey5s Men’s World Cup 2024: India takes on Switzerland in their tournament opener

The Indian men’s hockey team is ready to play in the very first FIH Hockey5s Men’s World Cup. This exciting event is set to be held in Muscat, Oman, from January 28 to 31, 2024. India has been grouped in Pool B, where they will face off against teams from Egypt, Jamaica, and Switzerland. Other teams are divided into Pool A (Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Poland), Pool C (Australia, Kenya, New Zealand, and Trinidad & Tobago), and Pool D (Fiji, Malaysia, Oman, and the United States).

India’s first match is against Switzerland on January 28 at 11:10 AM Indian Standard Time, followed by a game against Egypt on the same day at 7:30 PM. They will play their last pool game against Jamaica on January 29 at 9:30 AM. The top two teams from each pool will head into the quarter-finals on January 30, with the semi-finals later the same day and the grand final on January 31. The team is under the experienced leadership of Simranjeet Singh, an Olympic bronze medalist who plays forward.

His second in command, vice-captain Mandeep Mor, is a tough defender. Goalkeepers Suraj Karkera and Prashant Kumar Chauhan will be guarding the goalpost. On defense, Mandeep Mor teams up with Manjeet to stop the competition. The midfield is controlled by Mohd Raheel Mouseen and Maninder Singh, while Pawan Rajbhar, Gurjot Singh, and Uttam Singh bring strength to the forward line, adding punch to the well-led team by Captain Simranjeet.

Speaking about the upcoming matches, Captain Simranjeet Singh shared his excitement about playing for India on such an important occasion. He is proud to lead a highly skilled team, and they are set on doing their best to make India proud. Vice-Captain Mandeep Mor also expressed his readiness to support the captain and work together towards victory. He mentioned their team’s focus and preparation for the challenges ahead and hopes to make a mark in Indian hockey history.

India vs Switzerland Match Details

The Indian men’s hockey team will start their journey in the FIH Hockey5s Men’s World Cup against Switzerland on January 28. The match will be played at Hockey Oman Venue, Al Amarat 119, Oman. It’s a pool B game.

India vs Switzerland Squads

India

Suraj Karkera, Pawan Rajbhar, Manjeet, Mandeep Mor, Uttam Singh, Maninder Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Mohammed Raheel, Gurjot Singh, Prashant Chauhan

Switzerland

Oliver Haberthuer, Valentin Gloor, Gaston Tijmens-Charles, Stephan Müller, Matthieu Wyss-Chodat, Gaël Wyss-Chodat, Lars Kleikemper, Cyrill Roth, Elias Brönnimann, Patrick Krusi

Live Telecast Details

Fans can watch the matches live on Sports18 Channel 3 and Jio Cinema.

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