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Plenty of new faces in the Indian football team as the side prepares to face a tough test against Oman in a friendly at the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.
Head coach Igor Stimac's team has an average age of just over 24 with many youngsters making their way to the national team after impressive performance in the Indian Super League. The team, however, will be missing their captain Sunil Chhetri as he's recovering from COVID-19.
Stimac said he has told the players to express themselves and play free and fearless football.
"We wanted to give them the experience of playing stronger teams, that will give them more confidence and fearlessness in future. I have told them there should not be any pressure on them," Stimac said ahead of the match.
"We are not obsessed with results."
Talking about Oman, Stimac said, "I have seen their match against Jordan. They are a really physical side, well organised and really patient. We also have worked hard and we expect a good game tomorrow."
Oman are coming into Thursday's match after playing out a goalless draw with Jordan on Saturday.
After Thursday's match, India will play UAE in their second friendly, which is scheduled on Monday, 29 March.
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With inputs from PTI