The Indian Football team have a new look for for the new year. Sunil Chhettri & Co. will be donning new kits starting with their campaign in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 in January 2019.The Indian National Football team’s new kit was launched at a glittering function in national capital with Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Sandesh Jhingan, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Rowllin Borges, Shubhasish Bose and Pritam Kotal doubling as models.The kit sponsors, Six5Six have signed a 5-year deal with Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), the commercial partners of All India Football Federation (AIFF), and will be outfitting the Indian national teams across all age groups and genders, as per the agreement.The new jersey pays a homage to the Indian Football Fans, who have affectionately been calling the team “Blue Tigers.” The new kit has stylised tiger stripes design element emblazoned on the sleeves reverberating the Blue Tigers’ predatory instincts which has seen them rise from 173 to 97 in the FIFA rankings in the last 3 years.The contract with the present kit sponsors Nike expired in 2018. The replica kits will be available for the Indian Football Fans starting from December 20, and are priced keeping in mind the average Indian consumer. Six5Six will make other merchandise available in the near future.The Indian team will be seen donning the new colours for the first time in their friendly match against Oman, which will be played in Abu Dhabi on December 27, 2018. MISSION ASIAN CUP 2019India kick-off their campaign in the AFC Asian Cup against Thailand on January 6, 2019 with matches against hosts UAE and Bahrain slotted for January 10, and 14 respectively.advertisementAnd ahead of the Indian team’s participation in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 UAE, AIFF president Mr. Praful Patel termed India’s fourth participation in the AFC Asian Cup as a “precursor to India’s goal to achieve a berth in the FIFA World Cup by 2026.””The Asian dream needs to be achieved by 2026 as there will be 8 teams from Asia in the FIFA World Cup,” Patel said at the press conference.”You just always cannot live a dream and we have to make the Asian dream a reality. And with the form the national team is in, and if Sunil Chhetri and everybody can pull their feet together, we can make it a reality,” he added.The Indian national team had earlier participated in the AFC Asian Cup in 1964, 1984 and 2011 editions of the AFC Asian Cup.”We should always go for the maximum and we should try to win the tournament, let alone get out of the group stages,” Mr. Patel said. “We are mentally and physically prepared. We wish the team all the very best and they have the full support of the AIFF.””The whole nation should support the national team and should fully get behind them. It is imperative that the nation roots for them and as the tournament is in UAE, I hope we will get a lot of support there.”Chhetri who has been instrumental for India thus far in his career lauded praise on his teammates.”The reasons that we have qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 is because players like Sandesh Jhingan, Gurpreet Singh Sandh, Anirudh Thapa, Jeje and Udanta Singh and all others. It is because of these players that I go on the pitch without any pressure. They do all the hard work while I just tap the ball in,” Chhteri said.Humble as ever! @chetrisunil11 heaps all praise on his teammates when asked about how he handles the pressure of being the star player.#AsianDream #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/cavzjeKMhlIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) December 19, 2018″The Asian Cup is a massive tournament for India and everyone involved in the sport,” said coach Stephen Constantine.”We have three games from January 6-14 and I am focusing on them. We will take one game at a time and we have scouted Thailand intensively to the point that we have watched them 3-4 times for analysis,” he said.”We look forward to make India proud”, Constantine added.Meanwhile, Chhetri stated that “India will be looking to get no less than 3 points against Thailand.””I was involved in the mock draw that happened for the Asian Cup and I was wondering what team we could draw. I knew whichever team that we drew, it would be difficult for us. But now, we are ready to face anyone. We are well prepared and looking forward to the challenge,” Chhetri said.Comparing India’s current preparation to the one in 2011, Chhetri added: “In 2011, we were together for 6 months. But this time of the year, all the boys that have been selected are playing constantly in the Indian Super League and the I-League. Now we just have to come together as a single unit and give it our best shot when we get to UAE.”advertisement”It’s a fantastic effort by the boys,” says @StephenConstan #AsianDream #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/uG63IWSRPpIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) December 19, 2018″I try my best to motivate the team like players like Rennedy Singh, Abhishek Yadav, Surkumar and Bhaichung Bhutia did in 2011. I believe that actions speak louder than words and we have come to a time where one player pushes the other to excel,” he said.A 28-member squad leaves Indian shores for preparation in Abu Dhabi tomorrow (December 20, 2018) with the 23-member list all slated to be announced on December 26. In their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 UAE, India play an International friendly against Oman on December 27, 2018.Constantine also admitted the team has “enough time to acclimatise.””We have tried our best to prepare in the best possible fashion. “We wanted to play big teams and strong teams like we did against China, Jordan. We next play Oman on December 27. We have got the right amount of competition to build us and are ready.”Meanwhile, Nishu Kumar and Jerry Lalrinzuala have been released from the ongoing Camp in Delhi.