The 25-member Indian national football team squad arrived in Kathmandu on Monday evening as they get set to play hosts, Nepal in two international friendlies, with the games scheduled for the 2nd and 5th of September.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) had organised the friendlies against Nepal in order to ensure that the Blue Tigers got much needed practice ahead of the South Asian Football Federation Championship (SAFF) tournament which will start on 1 October in Maldives.
The Indian skipper, Sunil Chhetri whose ancestors are from Nepal, revealed that he was proud to lead his team in the country.
"I am feeling proud to be here in Nepal which is the land of my grandfather and grandmother. We are happy to play with Nepal. The games are important because Nepal is a strong team. Nepal is hosting us amid the Covid pandemic, so we are happy to be here in Kathmandu," he told reporters at the airport.
This is the first time that the Indian side have visited Nepal in order to play friendlies and they go into the two games holding a vastly superior head-to-head record against their South Asian rivals. The two sides have so far played 19 matches, while India winning 13 matches, while Nepal have won two and four games have ended in draws.