Asia’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers postponed to 2021

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The Indian football team’s remaining qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar have been postponed as FIFA and AFC announced on Wednesday that the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The matches were originally scheduled to be held during October and November this year.

India was slated to host reigning Asian champion Qatar on October 8 and then take on Bangladesh away on November 12, before playing host to Afghanistan five days later.

“In light of the current COVID-19 situation in many countries, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have jointly decided that the upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020, will be rescheduled to 2021,” the statement read.

The statement added that “FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches.”

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