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Indian football team upcoming matches vs Afghanistan: FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Date, Time, FIFA Ranking, Live Streaming and Telecast

Indian football team upcoming matches Afghanistan World Cup Qualifier 2024

The Indian football team had to bow out of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 in January 2024, finishing rock-bottom in their group. But now the focus shifts for Igor Stimac and his boys as Team India have two crucial FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier matches against Afghanistan lined-up during the Match FIFA International window.

The Indian football team has been grouped alongside the AFC Asian Cup champions Qatar, neighbour Afghanistan and Kuwait in Group A of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2nd round.

In their first match of the tournament, the Blue Tigers managed to beat Kuwait 1-0 away from home, but suffered a 3-0 defeat against Qatar at home. But up next, the Indian football team will be facing off Afghanistan in a crucial double-header.

Firstly, The Blue Tigers will travel to Saudi Arabia to take on Afghanistan away from home and then will host the same team at home a couple of days later. These 2 matches are of great importance for Team India as the Blue Tigers aim to make it to the third round of the qualifier for the first time.

Indian football team upcoming matches

The Indian football team has already flown out to Saudi Arabia to play the away match against Afghanistan, which will be the played at the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Sports City in Abha in Saudi Arabia. The match will be played on the 22nd of March, technically the midnight of 21st March, at 12:30 A.M Indian Standard Time (IST).

Thereafter, whatever be the outcome, the Indian football team will once again take on Afghanistan football team, this time at home. The 2nd leg of the India vs Afghanistan football match will be played on the 26th March at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati with the kick-off at 7 P.M Indian Standard Time (IST).

India vs Afghanistan Football Head-to-Head

The Indian football team and the Afghanistan football team has faced off 11 times head-to-head in official international matches, out of which, Team India has won 7 matches, 3 matches have been draws while Afghanistan have only won once.

India vs Afghanistan football FIFA Ranking

After the Indian football team's participation in the AFC Asian Cup 2023 and its poor results in the same, Team India's FIFA Ranking has slipped to 117th Ranking in the world. As for Afghanistan, who could not qualify for the Asian Cup, have their FIFA Ranking maintained at 158 in the World. This is as per the latest FIFA Ranking update in February.

India vs Afghanistan football match live streaming and T.V television

It has been confirmed that Afghanistan vs Indian football team match on the 22nd of March in Saudi Arabia, will be live telecast on DD Sports channel for free. The match will also be live streaming on Fancode app and website. Users can purchase a match pass worth 25 INR to watch the India vs Afghanistan football match live streaming.

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