Indian Men’s Football team is going to play International Friendly matches against Belarus and Bahrain. The fixtures are noted as game with Bahrain will be played on March 23 and With Belarus is March 26. Both the games will be played in Manama, Bahrain. Both the matches are taken as Warmups for the squads who will be playing to qualify AFC Asian Cup 3rd round qualifiers.

“Given the current circumstances, it was extremely difficult to find the kind of opponents we were looking for. But I am very happy that we have the two matches on our schedule,” head coach Igor Stimac said.

“We are doing our best to prepare well for the upcoming final qualifying round of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, and these two matches will immensely facilitate our preparatory process,” he added.

“Both Bahrain and Belarus are ranked higher than us, and if all goes well with the Hero ISL season with our boys putting in good performances, and playing competitive games we should be ready,” Stimac further added.

FIFA Rankings of Bahrain and Belarus are 91 and 94 respectively.

Stimac, who coached Croatia to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 also underlined the importance of taking “necessary precautions, and staying safe.”

“We need to keep planning, and working as everything is fine and normal. But at the same time, we need to take precautions to keep as safe as possible in our endeavour to avoid unpleasant situations,” he expressed.

With the broadcasting rights of these Indian Men’s Football team matches lying with the Bahrain FA, the AIFF is already in discussion with them, and also with the Belarus FA for subsequent permissions about live telecasting the matches in India.

These updates are like a silver lining for the Indian Football and Indian Men’s Football team and shows the upcoming bright future of the game. It’s worth saying that the day is perhaps not so far when we would be playing against bigger bongs like Argentina and Portugal.


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