The Indian football team have been drawn alongside Australia, Uzbekistan and Syria in Group B of AFC Asian Cup final draw which was held in Qatar, on Thursday. The tournament which will take place in Qatar will commence from 12th January, 2024 with the final set to take place on 10th February.

The AFC Asian Cup 2023 final draw consisted of 24 nations which were divided into six groups of four teams each with India placed in Pot 4. The top two teams from each group alongside four best third-place teams will qualify for quarter-finals of the continental tournament.

“There’s still some time left until the competition itself, and I would say that it is very important, how well we use that time to prepare, rather than concentrate on who our opponents will be. I truly believe in our team and the work that they put in, and with the support of the huge Indian fan base in Qatar, we can achieve our goals,” Igor Stimac said earlier.

The Blue Tigers, ranked 101 in the FIFA rankings, have qualified for two successive editions of the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in history. Igor Stimac’s side qualified for the 2023 edition by finishing top of their group in the third round of qualifiers also comprising Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Cambodia.

This will be India’s fifth appearance at the AFC Asian Cup, with the Blue Tigers having featured at the tournament during the 1964, 1984, 2011, and 2019 editions. They finished runners-up in 1964 but have not progressed beyond the group stage in the three editions later on.