Merdeka Cup Revised Schedule: Indian Football Team to play Tajikistan

In recent news, it was reported that the Merdeka Cup schedule has been revised. Moreover, India is going to play Tajikistan on October 11, 2023. You must read the article for more details and information about the same. Follow us around for all the insights and fresh updates.

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In an exclusive report, it was disclosed that the schedule for the Merdeka Cup 2023 has been changed. Reportedly, on October 11, 2023, the Indian Football team will start off their campaign against Tajikistan. Moreover, it was confirmed that the schedule for Merdeka Cup 2023 has to undergo certain changes which was followed by when the Palestine Football Team withdrew from the Merdeka Cup which is owned by the Israel-Palestine war situation. Reportedly, on October 11, 2023, the Indian Football Team will start their campaign against Tajikistan. On the other hand, Previously, Sunil Chhetri and co were all set to commence the tournament against Malaysia on October 13. Here’s a revised form of the Merdeka Cup schedule 2023:

  • October 11, 2023 (India VS Tajikistan)
  • October 14, 2023 (Malaysia VS India)
  • October 17, 2023 (Malaysia VS Tajikistan)

Significantly, the Palestine Football Team has pulled out of the Merdeka Cup 2023 and this comes in the wake of Hamas’s interference in Israel on a Saturday morning. In fact, currently, travel is also prohibited owing to the closure of all border crossings and Lod Airport and as a result of the Israel-Palestine war. However, due to the rapid increase in the deteriorating situation, the Palestine Football Association has announced that there will be no matches this week. Reportedly, on a Saturday morning, Hamas-led Palestinian resistance organizations in Gaza announced a full-scale military invasion of the communities. Moreover, it covers settlements along with the Israel-Gaza border. Previously, the Merdeka Cup 2023 was to feature four teams with Palestine which takes on Tajikistan in the first game.

However, in the league, Palestine was in the top tier and ranked 96th in the current FIFA football rankings which is followed by India, Tajikistan, and Malaysia. Evidently, the Merdeka Cup is also known as Pestabola Merdeka which started in 1957 as an international friendly football competition to celebrate the country’s independence day. The tournament was last taken place in 2013 and is making a ten-year comeback. Reportedly, the 26-member list for Merdeka Cup 2023 includes:

  • Goalkeepers
  • Defenders
  • Midfielders
  • Forwards

It was known that Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Vishal Kaith, and Dheeraj Singh would become the goalkeepers and Sunil Chhetri and Manvir Singh would be charged in Forwards. Thank you for being a patient reader.

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