After the Tajikistan Football Federation announced that they would participate at the Intercontinental Cup in July 2019, the All India Football Federation confirmed the participation of Syria, North Korea, and Tajikistan as the participating teams of the second edition of the Intercontinental Cup from July 7-17.
The Blue Tigers come into the competition as defending champions, having won the inaugural edition in June last year after defeating Kenya in the final, courtesy a brace from the Hero of the Tournament, Sunil Chhetri. New Zealand, and Chinese Taipei were the other two teams in the fray.
AIFF general secretary Kushal Das mentioned that the forthcoming Intercontinental Cup will be an “acid test” for the Blue Tigers ahead of the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup/2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers which kick-off in September 2019.
“The AIFF and their partners FSDL have finalised an annual calendar for the Men’s National Team. In June, the National Team is scheduled to participate in the King’s Cup in Thailand where we play Curaçao in our first match, and then either Vietnam or Thailand. These matches will hold us in good stead for the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers starting in September 2019,” he stated.
“I need to thank the respective Football Federations of Syria, Tajikistan, and South Korea for agreeing to come over for the four-nation event,” Mr. Das added.
All the four teams will be playing each other in a round robin phase, with the top two teams qualifying for the final.
The venue for the tournament will be decided shortly with Bangalore the first choice.