India to host North Korea, Syria and Tajikistan in the second edition of the tournament, says AIFF



The Indian Football Federation (AIFF) said on Monday that India, North Korea, Syria and Tajikistan will compete at the second Intercontinental World Cup, but the announcement came a few hours after tweeted by the Central Asian country.

"The entire Indian Football Federation reaffirms the participation of Syria, DPR Korea and Tajikistan as participating teams in the second heroic struggle between 7 and 17 July 2019," AIFF said in a statement.

However, many hours before the announcement of AIFF, Tajikistan's football tweeted, "Tajik national team to play against Syria, North Korea and India at the Intercontinental Cup 2019.

"The opponents of the Tajik National Team were identified at the Intercontinental Cup 2019 International Tournament, which will be held from July 7 to July 18 in India." The tweets of Tajikistan's football have prompted the AIFF to publish the details of the tournament.

The blue tigers are entering the competition as champions, having won the inaugural version last June, after defeating Kenya in the final, courtesy of a support from Sunil Chhetri.

New Zealand and Chinese Taipei were the other two teams in the strike.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said the next Intercontinental cup would be an "acidity test" for the Blue Tigers in front of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, starting in September.

"In June, the national team is scheduled to take part in the King's Cup in Thailand, where we play Cura ya in our first fight and then Vietnam or Thailand.

"These matches will keep us good for the World Cup qualifiers of 2022 that will start in September 2019," he said.

"I need to thank the respective football federations of Syria, Tajikistan and the Democratic Republic of Korea for their agreement to come to the event of four countries," added Nata.

All four teams will play each other in a round stage, with the first two qualifying rounds for the final. The venue of the tournament will be decided shortly.