India in tough group in Asian Cup qualifiers

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

India finds itself in a very tough group in its bid to qualify for the 2007 Asian Cup football championship.

New Delhi:

India finds itself in a very tough group in its bid to qualify for the 2007 Asian Cup football championship that take place in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. India is placed in Group A alongside defending champions Japan and continental powerhouses Saudi Arabia, both of whom are going to the World Cup in Germany this year. The fourth team in the pool, Yemen, is also considered tough opposition. This is the first time that the defending champions have needed to qualify for the Asian Cup. Each team will play the other three sides in the pool on a home and away basis and the top two would make it to the 14th Asian Cup next year. The 12 qualifying teams would join the four host nations in the competition to be held from July 9 to 27 next year. The qualifying matches involving 24 teams would be played on February 22, March 1, August 16, September 6, October 11 and November 15 this year. (PTI)

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