The Indian men's football team will start its campaign against Kuwait on Thursday in the second round of qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The match will be played at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait city.
India is in Group A along with Asian champions Qatar, Kuwait and Afghanistan. The top two teams of the group will advance to the third round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The top two teams from each will also secure a place for the 2027 AFC Asian Cup.
The Indian team has not yet been able to reach the third round of the AFC FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The team's impressive performance this year and the changed format have raised the expectations of coach Igor Stimac. Given the tough competition in Group A, a solid start to the campaign will be important for the Indian team. India is the higher-ranked team in this encounter, but Kuwait proved in the SAFF Championship that they can give the Blue Tigers a fight after playing two draws in the competition.
The Sunil Chhetri-led team will face a tough fight from Kuwait for the second place in the group. Kuwait will get the advantage of home conditions in this match.
The India vs Kuwait FIFA World Cup qualifiers match will kick-off at 10:00 PM IST, Thursday, November 16 at the Jaber al-Ahmad International Stadium.
The India vs Kuwait match will be live streamed on the Sony LIV app and website.
Kuwait vs India - November 16 - 10 PM - Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City
India vs Qatar - November 21 - 7:00 PM - Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Afghanistan vs India - March 21
India vs Afghanistan - March 26
India vs Kuwait - June 6
Qatar vs India - June 11
Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith
Defenders: Akash Mishra, Lalchungnunga, Mehtab Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Rahul Bheke, Roshan Singh Naorem, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose
Midfielders: Anirudh Thapa, Brandon Fernandes, Glan Peter Martins, Lalengmawia, Liston Colaco, Mahesh Singh Naorem, Nandhakumar Sekar, Rohit Kumar, Sahal Abdul Samad, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Udanta Singh Kumam
Forwards: Ishan Pandita, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Manvir Singh, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Sunil Chhetri, Vikram Partap Singh