FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Coronavirus scare pushes back India-Qatar tie

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Coronavirus scare pushes back India-Qatar tie

The All India Football Federation has confirmed that the World Cup qualifier tie will not be played this
month.
Global outbreak of the coronavirus has affected all sporting events in the country. And football is no
exception either. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) ,the apex footballing governing body in the
country confirmed on Sunday that the much-awaited clash of India against Asian champions Qatar has
been postponed keeping in mind the concern of the threat posed by the spread of the disease globally.
The All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das spoke to the PTI regarding the clash.
"India's match against Qatar has been postponed. It will be played later this year but the new date is yet
to be decided," Das said.
When asked about the status of the match against Afghanistan on June 9, he said, "That match will also
be postponed." He further added that the new dates of India's remaining World Cup qualifier matches
will be known during a meeting between the AFC and AIFF officials in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"The meeting will discuss about the new dates of these matches, besides other matters," he said.On
Thursday, World football governing body FIFA and the Asian body Asian Football Federation (AFC) had
proposed postponing all the upcoming 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup Cup qualifiers in the light of
coronavirus outbreak.
Besides Qatar on March 26, India were also supposed to face Bangladesh on June 4 in Dhaka and
Afghanistan at home on June 9, all of which will be now played on fresh dates to be provided by FIFA-
AFC.
Head coach Igor Stimac was supposed to hold a camp in Bhubaneshwar from Monday but now the camp
has been cancelled.
"The camp now stands cancelled. There is no point of having the camp as the match against Qatar has
been postponed," an anonymous source from the AIFF said.
After losing 1-0 to Oman in the away clash last year, the Blue Tigers are now out of the contention for
the berth to the next round of the world cup qualifiers and are now only competing for the Asian Cup
2020 berth.

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