Joint FIFA/AFC mission concludes visit to India after discussions over the AIFF
Delhi: A joint FIFA/AFC mission has concluded a three-day visit to India where it held constructive discussions with local stakeholders regarding the situation in the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
The meetings concluded that the next steps should be the ratification of the AIFF Statutes in line with the FIFA/AFC principles of good governance and the holding of an Electoral Congress to choose the next AIFF leadership. This would be based on a timeline agreed by AIFF stakeholders.
Kolkata: Igor Stimac hailed his team’s continually improving performances throughout the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round as India closed out Group D with a 4-0 win over Hong Kong in Kolkata on Tuesday that sealed top spot and a berth at the Finals.
Anwar Ali, Sunil Chhetri, Glan Martins and Ishan Pandita were all on target as the hosts claimed a third consecutive victory to finish on top of the standings with maximum points ahead of Hong Kong as both teams secured tickets for the Finals.
Qualifiers Final Round Group D: India 4-0 Hong Kong
Kolkata: India celebrated their qualification for the Finals of the AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 on Tuesday by handing Hong Kong a 4-0 defeat at Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium that ensured Igor Stimac’s side finished on top of the standings in Group D.
The win sees India complete the Qualifiers with a perfect record after earlier wins over Afghanistan and Cambodia, while Hong Kong have also secured their place at next year’s Finals after claiming one of the five best runners-up spots with their six-point haul.
A goal at either end of the first half put the Indians on their way to victory as Stimac’s side made sure of top spot in the group against a Hong Kong side that was celebrating qualification for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time since 1968.
Preview – Qualifiers Group D: India v Hong Kong; Afghanistan v Cambodia
Kolkata: Hong Kong coach Jorn Andersen is relishing sending his team out to face India in front of partisan crowd at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium on Tuesday as the east Asian territory looks to seal a spot at the AFC Asian Cup™ Finals for the first time in more than 50 years.
Andersen’s side lead Group D of the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round on goal difference ahead of Igor Stimac’s team and will seal top spot – and a place in next year’s tournament – if they avoid defeat when the teams meet.
Kolkata: Hong Kong head coach Jorn Andersen is relishing going head-to-head with AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Group D hosts India in the battle for top spot after seeing his side record a second consecutive win in Kolkata on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Cambodia.
The pair meet on Tuesday with first place in the group and an automatic berth in the Finals at stake after first half goals from Matt Orr and Sun Ming-him put Hong Kong in command before Philip Chan struck in the 63rd minute to seal a comfortable win.
Qualifiers Final Round Group D: Afghanistan 1-2 India
Kolkata: Sahal Samad’s stoppage time strike saw India secure a dramatic 2-1 win over Afghanistan in Group D of the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round on Saturday as Igor Stimac’s side moved a step closer to qualification for the Finals.
Samad hit the winner after Sunil Chhetri’s 86th minute free-kick had been cancelled out by a Zubayr Amiri header two minutes later in a frantic finish at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium and India are now level at the top of Group D with Hong Kong with one game remaining.
Both teams have six points ahead of their meeting on Tuesday while Afghanistan now have no chance of progressing to the Finals after losing both of their opening games in the competition.