Head coach Igor Stimac announced the 26-member Indian team for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar. A warm greeting awaited the celebrities when they landed at Hamad International Airport. There are two Malayalee stars - Sahal and KP Rahul. India is competing in the Asia Cup for the fifth time this year.
At the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan on January 13, India will play Australia in Group B. On January 18, India and Uzbekistan will play at the same location. The game versus Syria is scheduled at Al Bait Stadium in Al Khor on January 23.
Qatar gave the Indian football squad a warm reception. A major factor in this was the involvement of the Kerala Blasters fan club Manjapada's Qatar branch. The airport was also the scene of a Viking Clap.