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As reported in Indian football latest news, the Indian football national team is slated to play a friendly fixture against a footballing side from the middle-east, to get their preparations underway for the big tournament in January 2019, i.e. AFC Asian Cup. As reported in Indian football news, the ‘Blue Tigers’ are now scheduled to play an away friendly against Jordan in November. The friendly will come during the international break, enabling the Indian football players featuring in the Hero Indian Super League 2018 -19 season to join the national team.
Indian football latest news: International break runs from 12th to 20th November
As reported in Indian football latest news by Goal, the friendly fixture against Jordan is set to be held in Amman, at the Amman International Stadium. The international break in Indian football runs for a total of 9 days, from 12th to 20th November, and it is when the Stephen Constantine-led Indian national team will face the Jordanian side, to get in the groove for the mega event coming in January next year.
However, the match-up against Jordan, although helpful, will not be a too big a challenge for the Indian football team, as as opposed to Jordan’s 110th position in world rankings, the Blue Tigers are sitting way higher at the 97th spot. And as reported in Indian football latest news, Jordan are also set to take part in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, and are grouped alongside Australia, Palestine and Syria.
As reported in latest football news India, despite having lined up a friendly against Jordan, India are still going to play one match during the upcoming breaks while every other rival country has their friendlies sorted well before.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF), which overlooks affairs related to Indian football, have been under pressure, as reported in Indian latest football news, from several quarters of the Indian footballing circles of late. The criticism has to do with the fact that while all of India’s opponents for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup have a host of friendlies lined up ahead of the tournament, India have just one.
The Blue Tigers are set to play against China, a historic fixture but the only one, during the international break in October. On the other hand, teams such as UAE, Thailand and Bahrain, are all set to play two fixtures during that very international break.