India open AFC Challenge Cup campaign against Kyrgyzstan
Kuala Lumpur: Defending champions India open
their campaign against Kyrgyzstan on February 17 next year in
the AFC Challenge Cup in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Two days later, India take on Turkmenistan in their Group
B match before their final group game on February 21 against
DPR Korea, who finished third in the last edition hosted and
won by India.
On the opening day of the tournament, whose winners will
qualify for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, on February 16, last
edition runners-up Tajikistan play Bangladesh while hosts Sri
Lanka take on Myanmar in Group A matches.
India qualified for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar after
winning the AFC Challenge Cup at home last year. If India win
the tournament this time again, the runners-up side will
qualify for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.
Feb 16: Tajikistan v Bangladesh, Myanmar v Sri Lanka
Feb 17: India v Kyrgyzstan, DPR Korea v Turkmenistan
Feb 18: Bangladesh v Myanmar, Sri Lanka v Tajikistan
Feb 19: Kyrgyzstan v DPR Korea, Turkmenistan v India
Feb 20: Tajikistan v Myanmar, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh
Feb 21: India v DPR Korea, Turkmenistan v Kyrgyzstan
Feb 24: Semifinals
Feb 27: Third-place play-off and final.