AFC U20 Asian Cup Qualifiers: AFC U20 Asian Cup Qualifiers LIVE – The AFC U-20 Asian Cup is taking place in this form for the first time after its re-branding by the Asian Football Council. India is placed in Group H along with Australia, Iraq and Kuwait. The matches take place from October 14 to 18, 2022 at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City as the four countries are set to battle it out for two spots in the tournament set to be held in Uzbekistan next year.
AFC U-20 Asian Cup Qualifying FORMAT –
The ten group winners and the five best runners-up will qualify for the final tournament. The fate of the teams in all the other groups are already decided as the matches in Group H were delayed due to several issues. Australia had withdrawn from the qualifiers citing safety concerns due to the political crisis in Iraq but after AFC removed the matches to Kuwait, the Aussies have agreed to participate.
India’s GROUP and FIXTURES –
India are placed in Group H along with hosts Kuwait, Iraq and Australia. The defending SAFF Champions will take on Iraq in their opener followed by Australia and Kuwait. India are the underdogs in the group and will have to be at their best to even stand a chance to make it to the next round.
India U-20 Squad RECENT PERFORMANCES –
The Indian team will be high on confidence and self-belief coming into this tournament after being recently crowned the SAFF U-20 champions. Earlier in August, striker Gurkirat Singh scored 4 goals including a hat-trick while Himanshu Jangra scored the other as India U-20 decimated Bangladesh U-20 5-2 in the final to emerge champions in the SAFF U-20 Championship at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar
India also defeated Maldives and Nepal convincingly in the victorious campaign.
India’s SQUAD for AFC U-20 Qualifiers –
Goalkeepers: Syed Zahid Hussain Bukhari, Mohit Singh Dhami, Som Kuma
Defenders: Amandeep, Halen Nongtdu, Bikash Yumnam, Sajad Hussain Parray, Raj Basfore, Brijesh Giri, Tankadhar Bag, Pritam Meetei Sorokhaiba
Midfielders: Sibajit Singh Leimapokpam, Vibin Mohanan, Vinay Harji, Maheson Singh Tongbram, Sujit Singh, Harsh Sailesh Patre, Taison Singh Loitongbam, Macarton Louis Nickso
Forwards: Gurkirat Singh, Parthib Sundar Gogoi, Himanshu Jangra, Shubho Paul.
Where to watch AFC U-20 Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers live in India
Live streaming of India’s AFC U-20 Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers matches will be available on Kuwait Football Association’s official YouTube channel.
There’s no live telecast of the AFC U-20 Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers on any TV channel in India.