Indian Football

India to play two practice games ahead of their AFC Asian Cup qualifier

Mudeet Arora
Indian Football team's matches ahead of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers
Indian Football team's matches ahead of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers / AFP Contributor/GettyImages

The Indian national football team will be featuring in two practice matches and two international friendly games before their AFC Asian Cup 2023's final qualifying round set to begin in Kolkata in June.

India will face lower ranked opponents, Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Cambodia in the games.

The Blue Tigers will reportedly play all practice games in Kolkata before heading to Doha where they will play two international friendlies.

Igor Stimac's side will first face ISL side ATK Mohun Bagan on May 11 before lining up against I-League All Stars on May 17.

Following these two games, the Blue Tigers will leave for Doha where they will face Zambia and Jordan on May 25 and May 28 respectively.

All three of India's qualifying group D games are scheduled by the AFC to be played in Kolkata, which hands them a major boost in getting positive results in front of their home crowd.

A total of 24 countries feature and compete in the AFC Asian Cup and as of now, 13 teams are already through to next year's tournament whereas another 11 teams will face a final round of qualifying games in June to decide their fate on the continental front.