As a part of their preparation for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers 2019, the Indian national football team will be playing an international friendly against Cambodia in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian captial city on March 22.
The match was organised to help India prepare for their AFC Asian Cup qualifiers clash against Myanmar in Yangon on March 28. Cambodia are ranked 172nd in the Fifa rankings, while India are 129th.
“We are delighted to confirm an International Friendly against Cambodia,” Kushal Das, General Secretary, All India Football Federation said. “The match will help the team prepare better for the crucial first match against Myanmar,” he added.
India begin their campaign in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in an away match against Myanmar in Yangon on March 28. The last time the two teams met, Myanmar had beaten India by a solitary goal in the AFC Challenge Cup at the same venue.
National Coach Stephen Constantine thanked AIFF for helping him “arrange the game.”
“I appreciate the efforts of the AIFF in helping me secure the match,” he stated.”The International Friendly will help the players understand each other better ahead of our tough challenge against Myanmar. The idea is to play against a team close to Myanmar with regards to climatic conditions,” he informed.
“We plan to train in Cambodia for some days before proceeding to Yangon directly for our first match in the Qualifiers.”