The Indian senior national football team arrived at Guwahati, on Monday, ahead of their match against Oman on September 5. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) said the match kicks-off Blue Tigers’ FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign, and also the joint qualification process for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023. The match will be played at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, also known as Sarusajai Stadium. The Oman national team also arrived in Guwahati on Monday evening.
The players labelled Guwahati as a special venue for them, with Sandesh Jhingan, and Pritam Kotal having made their International debuts for India at the venue in 2015, when India took on Nepal in the qualifiers for World Cup qualifiers. The squad headed to Guwahati on the back of a preparatory camp, which had kicked-off in Goa on August 20.
In their last two matches at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, the Blue Tigers have grabbed two wins–against Nepal and Laos. After facing Oman, the Blue Tigers will travel to Doha to face Qatar in their next FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier on September 10, 2019. Afghanistan and Bangladesh are the other two teams that make up Group E.