Indian football team
Indian football team

India will face Laos in the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers playoff, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on Thursday.

The draw for the playoff was held in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. India were in Pot B among the 10 teams.

India play their away match in Laos on June 2 while the home leg is on June 7. The venues for both the matches haven’t been finalised as yet, the AIFF release added.

A win against Laos will ensure India a place in the final qualifiers for the Asian Cup which is to be held in the United Arab Emirates.

A total of 12 teams have already qualified for the tournament and 24 teams would be competing for the next 12 slots.

National Coach Stephen Constantine mentioned it will be a “difficult match”.

“It is a tricky draw. Laos are never to be underestimated. They have been in a very difficult group in the (Preliminary Round 2) and gave a good account of themselves considering the teams they faced,” he said. “We will have to be at our best.”

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