AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers: India clubbed with Cambodia, Afghanistan and Hong Kong | Football News

The Indian team is on Thursday (February 24) drawn against Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Cambodia in Group D of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup final round to be played in Kolkata on May this year. The official drawing ceremony took place at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

India will play Cambodia on June 8, followed by matches against Afghanistan on May 11 and Hong Kong on May 14. All matches will be played at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. . The 24 participating groups are divided into six groups. Six team winners and five best-placed teams will receive a ticket to the AFC Asia Cup in China in 2023.

The Blue Tigers have reached the final of the qualifiers after finishing third in Group E in the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Coint Qualifiers. “Drawings can always be good or bad. But we need to do our job,” leader Igor Stimac said after the shoot. Commenting on the members in the group, Stimac urged everyone to “take the initiative to get the job done.”

“Afghanistan has always been a tough opponent. They come with experienced players playing international football. Hong Kong will also be strong with their three players from Brazil, maybe one each from the UK, and New Zealand join them, with a host of other players playing abroad. But we need to justify our position as the 1st team, “said the coach.

“We’re playing at home, and we hope with the fans chasing us from the stands, the players will be very excited.”

Bagan, Mumbai artists to join Kolkata camp at the end of May

Stimac plans to start training camp in Kolkata from the first week of May but at least half a dozen players from ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC will be active with their AFC Champions League squad and will join after May 25 and 29 at following.

“We plan to start our training camp in Kolkata from the first week of May. But players from Mumbai City FC will not be available before May 29 due to their team contracts in the AFC Champions League. In addition, ATK Mohun Bagan is also possible to participate. in the AFC Cup, and their players will still be there until May 25, ”Stimac told.

“And there are almost 12 players or more from both teams who are part of the national team.” he added.

At that time, Stimac will check on other actors. “In such a situation, we need to check on other players, prepare them and wait for others to join. The situation is very similar to March before the friends,” he added. The Blue Tigers are playing Bahrain and Belarus. on March 23 and 26 respectively in two international friends.


June 8: India vs Cambodia

June 11: Afghanistan vs India

June 14: India vs Hong Kong.

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