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Indian Football: Blue Tigers to Play Two Friendlies Against Nepal in September

Arjun Singh Devgan
India are scheduled to play Nepal in two international friendlies in September
India are scheduled to play Nepal in two international friendlies in September / Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images
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The India national team will play two international friendlies against Nepal next month, with the squad set to travel to Kathmandu later in the month in order to get some much needed gametime under their belts ahead of the SAFF Championship in October.

23 of the shortlisted players for the upcoming international fixtures are currently taking part in a preparatory camp in Kolkata, and those competing in the AFC Cup - currently underway in Maldives - for their respective clubs will join the camp once the tournament is over.

The Blue Tigers' head coach, Igor Stimac revealed that they had initially agreed Libya and Jordan in Istanbul, but the long duration of quarantine in Istanbul meant that they had to look for other options.

"It is very difficult to organise matches under such circumstances. You need to understand that no one is able to come to India, and if we want to go out to play there are quarantine rules. So the options are very limited," he told the media.

"We had agreed to first play Libya and Jordan in Istanbul. But the long duration of quarantine in Istanbul didn't allow us to proceed with the matches. We also looked at other options wherein we agreed to play Nepal and Malaysia in Nepal. But Malaysia couldn't travel owing to quarantine rules back home in their country.

"Now we need to prepare for the next 12 days before we head to Nepal. We also have the SAFF Championship in October followed by the AFC U-23 Qualifiers -- maybe the best option will be to hold on with the U23 team all throughout October," Stimac concluded.

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