India to play friendlies against Jordan and Zambia ahead of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers
Indian men’s football team will take on Zambia and Jordan in international friendlies in Doha. Qatar as preparation for the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in June.
Igor Stimac’s side who were in a camp in Bellary have shifted base to Kolkata where they will host Cambodia, Afghanistan and Hong Kong in the Asian Cup qualifiers next month will speed up their preparations for the same.
The Croatian confirmed that India will play Jordan and Zambia before the crucial qualifiers and also revealed that India will play two exhibition matches against ATK Mohun Bagan on May 11 and an All-Stars team from Hero I-League on May 17.
“Our players are well rested and ready. I also met with (ATK Mohun Bagan head coach) Juan (Ferrando), and we agreed to help them prepare (for the AFC Cup), while they help us with our preparation as well,” Stimac said during a press conference.
“We will also play against the Hero I-League team, and these will be similar games,” he added.
The Croatian though felt the matches against international opponents will help them further progress in their preparations.
“But the matches coming up against Zambia and Jordan will be different type of games. The approach will be different as there are different tactical points. We will analyse our games and see what else we need to do before the qualifiers start,” he said.