Asian Cup: Azkals grouped with South Korea, China, Kyrgyz Republic

AFC Asian Cup Draw : As It Happened

Azkals drawn fairly in their Asian Cup debut

India goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu believes that the National team has received a favourable draw for the 2019 UAE AFC Asian Cup, in comparison to the 2011 edition.

Captain Sunil Chhetri head coach Stephen Constantine were present during the draw in UAE. The final tournament will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 5 January to 1 February 2019. I just hope in the next six months we get more away games against much better opponents so that we can test ourselves.

"The other three teams in the group have a higher Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking than Thailand, but we are ready to play against every team in the group". The top two teams from each group along with four third best finishers will make the pre-quarter-finals.

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Sunil Chhetri said Team India will be concentrating on preparing well and hard to put up a fight in the 2019 Asian Cup in UAE. The Blue Tigers made it to the finals of the Asian Cup after a gap of eight years by topping their group in the third round.

The next Asian Cup is the first to feature 24 teams. We are 14th or 15th in Asia, it's very important to stay there and go into the top 10.

Bengaluru FC, established in 2013, are now in a hard position to qualify for the knock-out round of AFC Cup after losing 0-2 to New Radiants of Maldives in Male in a group match.

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The two nations faced off in a tense World Cup playoff in September, with the Australians narrowly advancing, and both will also meet Palestine and Jordan in Group B.

"I have heard people saying that our group is not hard, but whoever has qualified for the Asian Cup finals, they are all strong and have quality". "It is not", he said on the sidelines of an initiative by KIA Motors India to select two school children as official match ball carriers for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

He hoped that ahead of the AFC Asian Cup, they will play tougher opponents for practice because the teams they will take on in UAE will be very hard.

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A new trophy and a new ball was also presented as the AFC formally bade farewell to Nike as its technical partner with Japanese-made Molten stepping in as the confederations' new partner beginning with this tournament that will kick off on January 5.

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