FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar to host India versus Qatar clash in March

The Kalinga Stadium, which is the home ground of Odisha FC, witnessed impressive turnout this season.

Press Trust of India February 21, 2020 20:07:08 IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar to host India versus Qatar clash in March
  • The Kalinga Stadium, which is the home ground of Odisha FC, witnessed impressive turnout this season.

  • India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu put up a heroic display and survived a slew of attacks from Qatar to hold the Asian champions for a famous goalless draw in the first-leg at Doha in September last year.

  • With three points from five matches, India lie ahead of bottom-placed Bangladesh in the five-team table and the Igor Stimac-coached side's qualifying hopes is all but over.

Kolkata: India's return leg FIFA World Cup group E qualifier against defending champions Qatar next month will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on Friday.

"Yes, Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar will host the match on 26 March," AIFF general secretary Kushal Das Das told PTI.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar to host India versus Qatar clash in March

File image of Sunil Chhetri. AIFF

The Kalinga Stadium, which is the home ground of Odisha FC, witnessed impressive turnout this season.

"We want to spread the game to new venues and the state has shown tremendous support for football," he added.

The Kalinga Stadium pitch, however, had drawn flak this season and in the aftermath of their 0-2 loss, Chennaiyin FC coach Owen Coyle had said no match should be played there.

But Das said it would be taken care of by the authorities in Odisha.

India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu put up a heroic display and survived a slew of attacks from Qatar to hold the Asian champions for a famous goalless draw in the first-leg at Doha in September last year.

With three points from five matches, India lie ahead of bottom-placed Bangladesh in the five-team table and the Igor Stimac-coached side's qualifying hopes is all but over.

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