SAFF Championship 2023: India Will Face Pakistan On Opening Day, Schedule And Details

SAFF Championship 2023: India Will Face Pakistan On Opening Day, Schedule And Details: As sports enthusiasts, we always thrive for exciting games, Especially if this is between arch-rival India and Pakistan. So the news is one more exciting India vs Pakistan encounter is scheduled for this month. However, this is a football game, not a cricket match.

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The SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Championship 2023 will be held in India. The matches will be placed at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium (Bengaluru) from June 21 to July 4.

India and Pakistan are ready to reignite their football rivalry after almost five years, as the two neighbors have been assigned to the same group in the SAFF Cup, which will be contested in Bangalore from June 21 to July 4.

This is some good news for sports fans during the ongoing venue battle between India and Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023. Seeing the dullness of this major event, the football match will undoubtedly give us goose bumps of top athleticism in sports.

There is also no word on whether the Asia Cup 2023 will take place and, if so, if Pakistan would participate.  So, even if there is no match in the Asia Cup 2023, there is still hope with this football match.

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India Vs Pakistan SAFF Championship 2023 Details

India was matched with Pakistan in the 2023 SAFF Championship bracket. The eight SAFF Championship teams were split into two four-team groups.

Hosts India has been put in Group A before the draw, which now also contains Pakistan, Kuwait, and Nepal. In Group B, Lebanon will be the fourth team after the Maldives, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.

The SAFF Championship 2023 will begin on June 21, with Kuwait taking on Nepal in Group A’s first match. Later that day, India would play their first match versus Pakistan. Following the single round-robin matches, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals on July 1. Followed by the Final on 4th July.

India is the defending SAFF champion. They won the championship after defeating Nepal 3-0 in the final match in 2021. In the most recent FIFA rankings, India is placed 101st. In addition, India has triumphed eight times in the regional tournament (1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, and 2021).

Despite not being SAFF members, Lebanon and Kuwait will participate in the eight-team event due to a special invitation. Lebanon (99) will be the competition’s highest-ranked team, followed by India. Kuwait (143), Nepal (174), Pakistan (195), Maldives (154), Bhutan (185), and Bangladesh (192) are the other countries ranked.

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SAFF Championship 2023 Schedule

Kuwait and Nepal will play the first match of the SAFF Championship 2023 on June 21 in Bengaluru, followed by India and Pakistan later that day.

On June 22, Lebanon takes on Bangladesh in the morning while the Maldives takes on Bhutan in the afternoon in Group B. The semi-finals, which will take place on July 1, will include the top two teams from each group, with the final taking place on July 4.

June 21:

Kuwait vs Nepal, 3.30 pm IST;

India vs Pakistan, 7.30 pm IST.

June 22:

 Lebanon vs Bangladesh, 3.30 pm IST

 Maldives vs Bhutan, 7.30 pm IST.

June 24:

Pakistan vs Kuwait, 3.30 pm IST;

Nepal vs India, 7.30 pm IST.

June 25:

Bangladesh vs Maldives, 3.30 pm IST

Bhutan vs Lebanon, 7.30 pm IST.

June 27:

 Nepal vs Pakistan, 3.30 pm IST;

India vs Kuwait, 7.30 pm IST.

June 28:

 Lebanon vs Maldives, 3.30 pm IST

 Bhutan vs Bangladesh, 7.30 pm IST.

July 1: Semi-finals

July 4: Final.

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Since the 1970s, Indian football has been in disarray. Being a fan of Indian sports, we are the ones who let them down. Indian footballers are as dedicated and diligent as Indian cricketers. However, it is our lack of support that has brought them to this point.

So, this time, I’m making a commitment to watch and support the Indian football team and our footballers in the same way as I support and enjoy cricket. I am also appealing that you support the Indian Football Team.