Five Minervans, namely Kamaljit Singh, Kalampreet Singh, Vinit Rai, Girik Khosla and Germanpreet Singh were selected after after their superb performance in the debut season of Minerva Punjab FC in the Hero I-League. Two past Minervans namely Sukhdev Patil and Manvir Singh who were part of Minerva Punjab FC Youth Development Program and U-18 I-league Squad & 2nd Division Squad respectively in the 2015-16 season.
Minerva Punjab FC is the only club from North India to be participating in the top tier of Indian Football i.e. Hero I-leagaue and was set up with the mission to give local talent a platform to perform and get recognised on the national stage. CEO and Owner, Ranjit Bajaj was thrilled by the selection of the boys and beamed with pride when he said, “I am thrilled that 7 Minervans will be seen in the 2018 AFC Cup in India Colours, this was the dream and I am glad we are realising it, we are giving local boys a chance to get into the express lane.”
The probables have been called to New Delhi for the training camp to be held at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium from 17th June to 1st July 2017. The squad is then scheduled for an exposure trip to USA for practice matches and training prior to reaching Qatar for the AFC Cup Qualifiers.