Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s save on Khaled Hajiah’s penalty secured India’s victory over Kuwait in Bengaluru four months ago.
India is in Group A with Qatar, Kuwait, and Afghanistan for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The top two teams will advance to the third round and qualify for the 2027 AFC Asian Cup.
The Blue Tigers have never reached the third round of AFC’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but a new format and their strong performance in 2023 give them a chance to make history. A good start to the campaign is crucial due to tough competition in Group A.
Head coach Igor Stimac has urged his team to forget past success and focus on the upcoming game in Kuwait, which could shape Indian football’s future. The match will be played on Thursday at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, starting at 10:00 pm IST. It will be broadcast on the Sony Network in India and streamed live on the SonyLiv app and website.