India’s remaining FIFA World Cup qualifiers to be held in Qatar. India will play the remaining three World Cup qualifiers in Qatar as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has decided to host the games in lonely areas due to coronavirus-related travel and segregation restrictions.
According to the first schedule, the Indian team would play Qatar at home, Bangladesh away from Afghanistan at home, but the global epidemic has forced major changes in the games.
The AFC said that the Qatar will host the World Cup for the year 2022 which will host Qatar, it will also host it’s opponents E Oman, Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh as Japan prepares the Group F stadium which includes Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia.
Following a consultation process that was done with Asian member organizations, the Asian Football Confederation has also confirmed the venues for the Asian Qualifiers in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 tournament which was to run from the 31st May to June. 15, 2021.
Qatar also hosted the FIFA World Cup next year.
India is also currently fourth in Group E with three points from five games. Qatar leads the table with 13 points while Oman is one point behind them in the second.
The second round of the qualifying matches has not been held since the month of November in year 2019 due to the epidemic.
Last month, the AFC had also told that most of the Asian World Cup qualifiers in March would be postponed to May and June – excluding Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Although they were expected to win the World Cup, India are still vying for a place in the Asian Cup, which will be held in China.
Eight team winners and four top runners-up will advance to the final round of qualifying for the 12 teams on the continent at the World Cup.
Finishing third place in the team will help India secure a place in the third round of the Asian Cup qualifiers.
The Indian team was set to play Qatar on the 8th October in Bhubaneswar last year but the match was postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
According to the release, China will host Group A with leaders such as Syria, Philippines, Maldives and Guam.
Kuwait has been confirmed as a Group B manager which includes Australia, Jordan, Nepal and China Taipei.
Bahrain will also host the Group C in Iraq which is the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hong Kong and Cambodia, while Saudi Arabia has been selected to host Group D, which also includes the likes of Uzbekistan, Singapore, and Palestine.
The United Arab Emirates has been named as the G-captain, with ASEAN players Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and South Korea will play Group H matches, with Turkmenistan, Lebanon, North Korea and Sri Lanka in attendance.