Preparations are on
The National team players have already reached Delhi and are under quarantine as they await their RTPCr test reports. Sources close to the development confirmed that a 28 men squad will fly to the Middle East in the upcoming week.
QFA agrees to AIFF
Igor Stimac’s squad will have a two-week preparatory camp in a biosecure bubble before their face-off against Qatar on the 3rd of June. The gulf country has accepted the AIFF’s request to see off their mandatory 10-day hard quarantine after landing, creating adequate room for the blue tigers to start on their preparatory camp. “We are planning to fly the team on May 19 evening. There will be no quarantine (of the players) and they will be in a bio-bubble,” a senior AIFF official confirmed
India has already crashed out of the 2022 World Cup following a poor run of results in their initial matches. But are in the race to secure a berth in joint qualifiers of the 2023 Asian Cup. The Sunil Chhetri lead side is yet to play three of their group stage reverse fixtures against Qatar (June 3), Bangladesh (June 7), and Afghanistan (June 15).
“We are planning to fly the team on May 19 evening. There will be no quarantine (of the players) and they will be in a bio-bubble”-AIFF official confirmed
FIFA approves Qatar’s hospitality
Qatar, the host of the FIFA World Cup 2022 were given the nod to conduct the remaining World Cup Qualifiers of Group E owing to the travel and hard quarantine restrictions all across the globe. A national team camp was supposed to take place in Kolkata before the pre-scheduled WCQs but things took an unexpected turn when the country was badly hit by the second wave of Covid-19.
India currently sits at the third position in Group E with three points to their name, below Qatar and Oman. India will be looking to get maximum points in their remaining fixtures in order to finish third as it will automatically seal their berth in the third round of the AFC Asian Cup 2023