India’s men’s football team will play two international friendlies against Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March. It will be their first assignment since November 2019, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced on Tuesday.
The matches will be played in Dubai with India facing Oman on March 25 and the UAE on March 29.
It was in November 2019 that the Blue Tigers last played at the International arena in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers against Afghanistan (in Tajikistan) and Oman (in Muscat).
India currently stand on 3 points from the 5 matches which they have played so far with two home matches against Asian Champions Qatar and Afghanistan, and an away game against Bangladesh yet to be played.
As part of the preparation for the two matches against Oman and UAE in March, the National Team Tigers will assemble in a preparatory camp from March 15 onwards. The camp will also be held in Dubai under Head Coach Igor Stimac to allow the boys to acclimatise faster.
The two Friendlies come on the back of the U-16 Boy’s National Team having travelled to UAE in February 2021, and the Women’s National Team’s tour to Turkey where they played matches against Serbia, Russia and Ukraine.