The Indian football team is scheduled to play Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Cambodia in Group D in a draw held on Thursday for the final round qualifiers of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to be played in Kolkata in June this year. A draw ceremony has also been held at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. In this, India is to play against Hong Kong on 8 June. All matches can be played at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
The 24 participating teams can also be divided into six groups according to the draw. The 6 winning teams in the group and the 5 best placed teams can also get tickets to the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China. During this, the head coach of the Indian team, Igor Stimak, has said that draws are always going to be good or bad, but we have to focus on our work. Afghanistan has always been a tough opponent for us. They have players who have performed the game at the international level.
At the same time, Hong Kong has come in a strong position with 3 players from Brazil. Coach Stimac plans to start a practice camp in Kolkata in the first week of May, but around half a dozen players from ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC could be busy with their club's AFC Champions League commitments. They can join the team only after May 25 and 29.