The Indian men’s football team will be playing in the invitational King’s Cup in Thailand in June, the federation announced on Tuesday. All matches will be held at the Chang Arena, Buriram, which has a seating capacity of 36000.
Besides India and hosts Thailand, the other teams in the competition are Vietnam and Curacao. As per April 2019 FIFA rankings, India are ranked 101, with Thailand at 114, Vietnam at 98, and Curacao at 82.
India received a formal invitation to participate in the Kings Cup in March and although the AIFF didn’t confirm the development, the sources within the body said that they were looking forward to send a team. India last participated in the tournament in 1977, where they finished third.
India will play their first match on June 5th against either one of the three teams. If they cross the first hurdle, they will play the final on June 8th against either one of the other two teams. Even if they lose their first match, they will face another team in the third-place playoffs.
This format of the Kings’ Cup guarantees India of playing at least two international friendlies in the FIFA international window in the month of June.