INDIAN FOOTBALL

Merdeka Cup will serve as a good test for the Indian National Team ahead of bigger challenges says Kalyan Chaubey

Refereeing

After a long wait of twenty-two years; India is set to make its return to the prestigious Merdeka Cup, an international football competition held in Malaysia. This historic event, which began in 1957, has been absent for a decade; but the excitement is back as India gears up to participate in the 2023 edition.

On October 13, 202; India will face the hosts Malaysia at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium; marking the 32nd encounter between the two teams. This return to the Merdeka Cup has been made possible through the dedicated efforts of AIFF President Mr Kalyan Chaubey. His personal initiative led him to request FA Malaysia’s counterpart; Dato Haji Hamidin bin Haji Mohd; to include India in the upcoming edition of the tournament.

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Merdeka Cup to be played:

The President of Malaysia’s Football Association quickly and happily said ‘yes’ when India wanted to join the Merdeka Cup again. This makes us remember when India played really well before. India was almost the winner in 1959 and 1964. These are special moments in the history of the Merdeka Cup.

AIFF President Mr Chaubey expressed his delight at India’s return to the Merdeka Tournament. He stated, “It’s wonderful news that our Men’s National Team will be part of the Merdeka Tournament for the 18th time this October. India has a rich legacy in this competition, with remarkable finishes as runners-up and third place in the past. As we prepare for the AFC Asian Cup next year; the Merdeka Cup presents a crucial opportunity for our team to shine.

Before a special tournament called the AFC Asian Cup; Mr. Chaubey talked about how important it is for our team to get better. Our first game will be against Malaysia, and maybe we’ll play against Lebanon or Palestine next. These games are important because our opponents are strong teams. It’s a chance for our Blue Tigers to practice and get ready for the big games. People are getting excited and Indian fans can watch our team play in the Merdeka Cup. It’s going to be really fun to watch football and feel proud of our country

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