The game will take place at the Mumbai Football Arena in the first week of September…
India are set to play Puerto Rico in an international friendly in Mumbai in the first week of September. The game will take place at the Mumbai Football Arena on 3 September.
Puerto Rico are ranked 114th in the latest FIFA rankings and the game is seen as a major opportunity for the Blue Tigers to climb up the table. “Playing against such an opposition will help us prepare well for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers, added All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das.
National Coach Stephen Constantine stressed that the best way to test growth is to “playing higher ranked opposition.”
“During my previous tenure in India, we regularly played higher ranked Teams. It’s the best way to test yourself,” explained the national boss.
This is also the first game to be held at the newly built MFA situated within the Andheri Sports Complex. The stadium can hold 18,000 spectators and is in line to host games in the upcoming season of the Indian Super League as well as next year’s Under-17 FIFA World Cup. With these targets in mind next month’s clash is seen as a key test of the facilities ahead of the big tournaments.
Yuva Sena chief and Mumbai District Football Association Chairman Aditya Thackeray has been one of the pioneering forces behind the new venue and the charismatic young leader sees it is as an important step in his plans to promote football in the metropolis.
Report by Khel Now-Content Editor Mrunal Nakashe. A sports buff, he’s also a foreign policy enthusiast and keen North Korea watcher. Mrunal loves gaming, reading, traveling and is a self-confessed Football Manager addict. You can follow him on Twitter.