International friendlies: Watch India vs Oman and UAE live telecast in India

The Indian football team plays Oman on March 25 and UAE on March 29 in Dubai. Watch live.

By Utathya Nag

The Indian national football team’s upcoming friendlies against Oman and UAE will be broadcast live in India, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) confirmed on Tuesday.

Coach Igor Stimac’s boys will be back in action after over a year-long COVID-19 hiatus with the two international friendlies in Dubai. The Blue Tigers will face Oman on March 25 and UAE on March 29.

India’s last international match, incidentally, was against Oman on November 19, 2019. in the joint FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers.

The two friendlies will be important preparatory matches for the Indian football team, which will resume its Group E qualifying matches in June. India play Asian champions Qatar on June 3, neighbours Bangladesh on June 7 and Afghanistan on June 5 in the qualifiers.

With Sunil Chhetri out after contracting coronavirus, India head coach Igor Stimac has flown to Dubai with a very young 27-member squad.

India is currently ranked 104th in the world and will be facing teams that rank higher. UAE is 74th and Oman 81st.

“I’ve always been on about how we need to better ourselves in Asia and that can happen only when we come up against top opponents,” Chhetri told the AIFF website. “Oman and UAE most certainly fit that bill. 

“When I first heard of the possible opponents, I was extremely excited even though it was just a possibility! I hope we, as a team, make the most of this chance, give a good account of ourselves and most importantly, learn from the experience,” Chhetri added.

Indian football team friendlies schedule, fixtures and live India match start times

All times are Indian Standard Time (IST)

Thursday, 25 March: India vs Oman - 7:15 PM IST

Monday, 29 March: India vs UAE - 9:45 PM IST

Where to watch Indian football team’s friendlies vs Oman, UAE live in India?

The Indian football team’s matches against Oman on March 25 and UAE on March 29 will be telecast live on the Eurosport TV channel in India.

Indian football squad for friendly matches

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Dheeraj Singh

Defenders: Ashutosh Mehta, Akash Mishra, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Chinglensana Singh, Adil Khan, Mandar Rao Dessai, Mashoor Shereef

Midfielders: Rowllin Borges, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Bipin Singh, Yasir Mohammad, Suresh Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan

Forwards: Manvir Singh, Ishan Pandita, Hitesh Sharma, Liston Colaco