New Delhi, April 20: The India football team will clash with South Africa, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei in the inaugural edition of the Hero Intercontinental Cup slated to get underway from June 1 to 10 at the Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai.
“While South Africa has participated in previous three editions of FIFA World Cups, New Zealand have competed in the World Cup twice — both teams last playing in a World Cup in South Africa in 2010,” according to AIFF.
“The respective FAs of all the participating teams will be sending their first Teams for the competition as per the agreements signed with All India Football Federation. Every team will be playing each other once with the top two advancing to a Grand finale.
“The tournament is being organised to strengthen India’s preparation for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, their second qualification to the Continental Championship in 8 years and fourth overall, the last being in Doha 2011,” AIFF added.
Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF in a statement said: “The concept of the Hero Intercontinental Cup is to test our team against strong oppositions from other Continents. As we approach the Asian Cup it’s pertinent that we play against tougher teams. I need to thank our marketing partners FSDL for playing an active part in planning this out,” he said.
“As all the first teams would be competing it will be a Football fest for the fans in Mumbai. The commercial Capital is a sporting city and the support from the Indian Football fans has been outstanding in recent times. I look forward to a successful organisation of the tournament.”