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India to face Mauritius and St. Kitts & Nevis in Hero Tri-Nation Football Series

Indian national team star striker Sunil Chhetri (Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)

India begin their campaign against Mauritius on August 19 at the Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai in the Hero Tri-Nation Football Series 2017. India will play their second match against St. Kitts & Nevis on August 24.

The Tri-Nation Football Series is part of the National Team’s preparatory process for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying away match against Macau which is scheduled for September 5.

Thanking WIFA and MDFA for their cooperation, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said the “sporting culture” of Mumbai makes it stand out amongst others.

“We are overwhelmed by the eagerness of the authorities in Mumbai to host the three international matches in Mumbai. Mumbai has been the venue for the National Team since September 2016 when we hosted Puerto Rico,” he stated.

India are currently ranked 97 as per August 2017 FIFA World Ranking. Indian football and the National Team have been on the upsurge with a string of good results leading to a climb of 77 places in FIFA Rankings over the last two years. The team has now won 13 of their 15 international matches having won their last eight fixtures (including an unofficial match against Bhutan).

August 19: India vs Mauritius
August 22: St. Kitts & Nevis vs Mauritius
August 24: India vs St. Kitts & Nevis

(AIFF Media)