India open AFC Challenge Cup campaign against Kyrgyzstan

Updated: Dec 04, 2009, 22:04 PM IST

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.

Tournament schedule:

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.