7/20/2018 9:28:26 PM (GMT+3)

India to play China in FIFA friendly in October

India to play China in FIFA friendly in October

NEW DELHI: India will play China in a friendly in October, according to AIFF on Friday.

India, ranked 97, will travel to Beijing during the October 8-16 FIFA window.

Though the date for the friendly will be decided in coming days, AIFF has proposed October 13 as the match day.

India and China have played 17 time, the last outing was in 21 years ago at Kochi Nehru Cup in 1997.

However, recently, the India U-16 National team visited China for an invitational four-nation tournament which also included U-16 Thailand and U-16 DPR Korea.

The October International Friendly assumes huge importance as it will set the pace for India’s preparatory process for next year’s Asian Cup in UAE.

India have not won against China, losing 12 while the rest five were drawn.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything better than an opponent like China. The boys will make the best of the opportunity presented to us and look forward to test ourselves ahead of the AFC competition,” said India coach Stephen Constantine.