The All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced that the men's national team would play two international friendly matches in March.
Both matches will be held in Dubai, where the Blue Tigers will face Oman in their first match on March 25, with a second match scheduled for March 29 against the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The AIFF said in an official statement, "AIFF confirms two International Friendlies for the Indian Men's National Team in March 2021."
The Blue Tigers last played internationally in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers against Afghanistan and Oman in November 2019.
India has currently scored three points out of five matches they have played so far: two home matches against Qatar and Afghanistan and an away match against Bangladesh, which is yet to be played.
In preparation for the two matches in March against Oman and the United Arab Emirates, the Indian national team will gather at the preparatory camp from March 15. The training camp will also be held in Dubai under the guidance of head coach Igor Stimac.
These two friendly matches come on the back of the U-16 boy's national team that travelled to the UAE in February 2021, and the women's team tour to Turkey, where they played against Ukraine, Serbia and Russia.
Next year, India is ready to host the AFC Women's Asian Cup, preparations for which have already begun, with a two-month training camp in Goa, followed by three matches in Turkey.
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