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Qatar to play host for India’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

13 March 2021

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed the centralised venues for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Doha, which is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup will welcome the Group E teams which include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Oman and reigning Asian champions Qatar.

India last played Oman in their World Cup qualifiers in November 2019, and thereafter the matches were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier, the AFC planned to continue the qualifiers in the month of September, and then planned it for March, but given the prevailing conditions across the continent, and the associated travel restrictions imposed by various countries, AFC was compelled to postpone the matches till June.

The Indian football team was out of action for more than a year now, and will return to competitive football later in the month, with friendly matches against the Oman and the UAE.

Lead by Sunil Chhetri, the team has so far played five matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and has been placed fourth in Group E with three points.

Although India’s chances of making the cut look bleak, India is keen to do well in their remaining matches. If they finish third in their group, the the team can enter the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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