Don’t let the newspaper headlines fool you. Of course, football fans in India dream of making it to the FIFA World Cup. But Qatar 2022? Really?
When India’s qualifying campaign began the men’s national football team had two clear objectives; the first was to make it to the AFC Asian Cup 2023 and the second, to attempt to make it to the next round of FIFA World Cup qualifying. Meeting these two targets would have put India among the top 12 men’s teams on the continent and been a clear step forward for the team.
With the loss to Oman on November 19, only the 2023 target is a realistic possibility.
420 grams are joined by former India player and current Kerala Blasters coach Ishfaq Ahmed for the real story behind the hyperbole.