Indian football team starts campaign against Kuwait

New Delhi: Pitted against strong opponents in a tough group, India will kick off their Asian Games campaign against Kuwait on November 7 at Huadu Stadium, Guangzhou in China.

India will lock horns with defending champions Qatar in
their second Group D match on November 9, while they play
their last league match against Singapore on November 11.

Sukhvinder Singh`s boys had left for Guangzhou early on
October 25 to acclimatise with the conditions and play
practice matches.

The team had a preparatory camp at Cuttack, Orissa from
October 6 to 24.

The Asian Games will officially open on November 12 but
the football event will kick off on November 7 and conclude on
November 25.

Hosts China are slotted in Group A along with Malaysia,
Kyrgyzstan and Japan, while Thailand, Maldives, Oman and
Pakistan are in Group F.

Group B includes Iran, Vietnam, Bahrain and Turkmenistan
while Group C comprises of Korea Republic, Palestine, Jordan
and DPR Korea. Uzbekistan, UAE, Hong Kong and Bangladesh form
Group E.

The top two teams from each group and the four best
third-placed teams will qualify for the Round of 16.

India did not qualify for the women`s football


Group A: China, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, Japan

Group B: Iran, Vietnam, Bahrain, Turkmenistan

Group C: Korea Republic, Palestine, Jordan, DPR Korea

Group D: Qatar, Kuwait, India, Singapore

Group E: Uzbekistan, UAE, Hong Kong, Bangladesh

Group F: Thailand, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan.