India is all set to host the second edition of Intercontinental Cup from July 7 and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has recently confirmed all four-nations that are going to participate in the football tournament. The four countries participating in the grand cup are Syria, North Korea, Tajikistan and India. However, the venue for the tournament is yet to be decided by the authorities.
In this year’ edition, the blue tigers will take the field as defending champions as they won the inaugural tournament against Kenya in the final showdown on June 2018.
The General Secretary of All India Football Federation (AIFF) Kushal Das said on the development, “all the four teams will be playing each other in a round robin phase, with the top two teams qualifying for the final. These matches will hold us in good stead for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers”. He also added, “the forthcoming tournament would be an acid attack for the Blue Tigers ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers”. The qualifier round for the biggest football tournament is scheduled to be held on September 2019.
The Indian national football squad is sweating hard to clinch Kings Cup 2019. Moreover, the prestigious tournament is scheduled to be held at Buriram, Thailand and men in blue will start their Football Cup campaign from June 5, 2019 where India will lock horns with Curaçao in their opening battle and then could have a face-off with either Vietnam or Thailand.
Currently, the national team is prepping themselves without any head coach but sooner they are going to have their new chief coach which will be appointed by AIFF. However, the technical committee of AIFF has recommended the name of former Croatian footballer Igor Stimac for the crucial position. Apart from Croatian player, the two-time South Korean World Cupper Lee Min-sung, former Spanish footballer and manager of El Salvador – Albert Robert and former Sweden coach Hakan Ericson have also been named as the eligible candidates for the head coach position. Moreover, the new coach will have to boost up the national team for the preparatory national camp which is going to commence from the third week of May.