All India Football Federation (AIFF) confirms this claim through an official release posted by them on Sunday’s morning (23 September). The report hints that the match will be played in Jiangsu province of china on the 13 of the coming October as a part of the preparation for forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
It was a historical announcement so far as Indian football is concern as India have never played in China in all these years. India and china have together played 17 games till now handing 12 wins to China and 5 draws and all this on Indian soil.
Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF suggested that India is looking forward to a “long bilateral footballing relationship with China.”
He further adds “Globally India and China are now being looked up to as two of the fastest emerging Football markets. The match will usher in a new era in Asian Football as this is the first-time ever that the Indian National Team will be travelling to play in China. We look forward to a long-term bilateral footballing relationship with China in near future.”
Its been a long time when these hard boasting economic national faced each other. Last time it was the year of 1997 during Nehru Cup in Kochi when these giant nations locked horns.
Things moved differently for these nations. China went on to play 2002 World Cup and still knocking the door for another World cup entry while India too have developed a lot but it’s not comparable with Chinese investment.
Where to watch:
⚽ China️️ v India
🚩Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, Suzhou City
⌚ 13 Oct 2018, 5:05 PM
📺 Yet to be announced.