Official: Hyderabad FC to participate in Durand Cup

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Hyderabad FC will be participating in the 130th edition of the Durand Cup which is scheduled to begin in September. The Nizams are grouped alongside defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC as well as Assam Rifles and Army Red.

The Indian Super League club is among the five clubs from the respective league (Bengaluru FC, Kerala Blasters, Jamshedpur FC and FC Goa) to participate this time around. Whereas, they will play against Assam Rifles on September 12th in their first match.

After an inspiring campaign in the league, they would be keen on getting their hands laid on one of Asia’s oldest football tournaments. Will the youngsters be awarded their first silverware or will any other team win the honours?

Hyderabad FC will face a tough challenge against the defending Durand Cup and I League champions Gokulam

Sixteen teams take part in the group stages. Out of which top two teams in the group qualify for the knockout stages. Gokulam are tough opponents and last season they won the Cup-winning group D. The Malabarians are currently unbeaten in the competition.

In 2019, only the group winners used to qualify for the knockouts but now, the top two teams would be playing in the knockouts. First team Assistant coach Thangboi Singto, as well as Reserve coach Shameel Chembakath, would be the gaffers leading the team.

As a result, the squad could be a mix of first-team players along with HFC reserves. Additionally, the matches would be played across three stadiums, Mohun Bagan Stadium, Kalyani Stadium and Salt Lake Stadium.

After the first match, the Hyderabad club would face Gokulam Kerala on 16th September and then on 19th, they will face Army Red. The matches would be streamed on AddaTimes App and all matches would be at 3 pm.

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