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After a hard-fought goalless draw against Asian Champions Qatar, Blue Tigers are now looking forward to clinch their maiden win in FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2022 with the upcoming match against Afghanistan. Sunil Chhetri-led team is all set to roar back in the next Qualifier battle at Central Republican Stadium, Dushanbe and to grab the successful win in the ongoing event.

While on the other side, ‘Lions of Afghanistan’ are also ready to give a tough fight to the blues in the forthcoming battle on Thursday. However, Afghans also had an underwhelming start in the Qualifier but in the second-round clash against Bangladesh, they somehow sealed the match with a perfect win. Now they are hoping to keep that winning momentum alive against India. It will be interesting to see whether the Blues will be able to bounce back in the game or ‘Lions of Afghanistan’ will grab the win once again.

The head coach of the Indian National Football Team, Igor Stimac expressed his feeling before the beginning of the most-important match, “we know how difficult this game is going to be for us. We both have already faced Qatar and Bangladesh in the qualifiers. We see Afghanistan as a physical side with good composure. They have stamina and they’ll pose a tough challenge for us”.

Match Details 

Date: November 14th, 2019, Thursday

Venue: Central Republican Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Timings: 7:30 pm IST

Live telecast

The nail-biting encounter of FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2022 between two equally strong teams India and Afghanistan will be broadcasted live on Star Sports networks. The match will telecast live on these channels; Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD. Not only this, the online live streaming of the game will be available on the Hotstar app.

Head-on-head records

Both India and Afghanistan have played eight matches against each other in World Cup Qualifiers so far. Out of these 8 encounters, India has won six battles so far while Afghanistan came out with just one victory. Remaining one match between both the teams has been tied.

Probable playing XI

India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Anas Edathodika, Mandar Rao Desai, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri, and Ashique Kuruniyan

Afghanistan: Sharif Mukhammad, Faysal Shayesteh, Farshad Noor, Zubayr Amiri, Zohib Islam Amiri, Najim Haidary, Mohammad Zakarkhel, Adam Najem, Abassin Alikhil, Ovays Azizi, and Jabar Sharza

Squads

India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke, Anas Edathodika, Narender, Adil Khan, Sarthak Golui, Subhasish Bose, Mandar Rao Dessai, Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Seiminlen Doungel, Raynier Fernandes, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul Samad, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Brandon Fernandes, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri (Captain), Manvir Singh, and Farukh Choudhary

Afghanistan: Ovays Azizi, Faisal Hamidi, Hellal Hosseini, Zohib Islam Amiri, Hassan Amin, Milad Intezar, Zelfy Nazary, Najim Haidary, Farzad Ataie, Hoshang Noor Ali, Sharif Mukhammad, Adam Najem, Abassin Alikhil, Noor Husin, Farshad Noor (Captain), Faysal Shayesteh, Omid Popalzay, Naeem Rahimi, Norlla Amiri, Yar Mohammad Zakarkhel, Omran Haydary, Jabar Sharza, and Zubayr Amiri