AIFF confirms two more friendlies for India

In addition to the match against Cambodia scheduled for Wednesday (IST 5pm), India will face Lebanon and Palestine. The venue for both the matches hasn’t been finalised as yet.

The matches are scheduled for June 7 and October 2.   -  H. Vibhu

Even as the Indian team landed in Phnom Penh on Sunday to play a friendly against Myanmar, as part of its preparation for AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers 2019, the All India Football Federation confirmed two more encounters for Stephen Constantine’s boys.

In addition to the match against Cambodia scheduled for Wednesday (IST 5pm), India will face Lebanon and Palestine.

While the Lebanon game has been confirmed for June 7, the match against Palestine will be played on October 2.

The venue for both the matches hasn’t been finalised as yet.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said: “The AIFF is leaving no stone unturned to provide the best of preparation for the national team. I hope the two matches would serve as an ideal build-up for future matches in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers.”

National coach Stephen Constantine said: “The best way to test your growth is to play against stronger teams. Both Lebanon and Palestine are very strong teams and the matches would help the team immensely as we move forward.”

Meanwhile, India’s first match in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers is against Myanmar on March 28, in Yangon.

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