SAFF Cup 2023 Group A India vs Pakistan Match Preview and Lineups

SAFF Championship 2023




  India vs Pakistan 


                  SAFF Championship

Match Date:


Match Time:

7.30 PM IST (UTC +5:30)
6.00 PM UAE 


 Sri Kanteerava Outdoor

Match Live Info



Prediction and Preview

 upcoming 14th edition of the South Asian Football Federation Championship (SAFF Cup) in 2023.

It's great to hear that India will be hosting the tournament, and as the current champions, they will have the opportunity to defend their title. The Indian football team has a remarkable record in the SAFF Cup, having won it eight times and reached the final an impressive 12 times.

It's significant that Pakistan, after being absent in the 2021 edition due to a FIFA ban, has been cleared to participate in the upcoming tournament. Their match against India will be particularly anticipated, as it will be their first meeting in the SAFF Cup in the last five years.

Unfortunately, Sri Lanka's suspension from FIFA means they won't be able to host or participate in the tournament, marking the first time they will be absent from the SAFF Cup. However, it's interesting to know that the SAFF has included Lebanon and Kuwait, who will be making their debuts in the tournament as replacement teams.

The inclusion of Lebanon and Kuwait adds a new dynamic to the tournament, as it will be intriguing to see how these teams perform against the established South Asian teams.

I hope the SAFF Cup 2023 provides an exciting platform for all participating teams and fans, showcasing the talent and passion for football in the South Asian region

The SAFF Cup 2023 will take place at Bengaluru's renowned Sree Kanteerava Stadium, which will host all 15 matches of the tournament, including the final. The teams are divided into two groups: Group A consists of India, Pakistan, Kuwait, and Nepal, while Group B comprises Lebanon, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Maldives. The tournament kicks off on Wednesday, June 21, with Kuwait facing Nepal at 3:30 PM, followed by the highly anticipated match between India and Pakistan at 7:30 PM. On Thursday, June 22, Lebanon takes on Bangladesh at 3:30 PM, while Maldives goes up against Bhutan at 7:30 PM. The group stage continues with matches on Saturday, June 24, featuring Pakistan against Kuwait at 3:30 PM, and Nepal against India at 7:30 PM. On Sunday, June 25, the action continues with Bangladesh playing against Maldives at 3:30 PM, followed by Bhutan facing Lebanon at 7:30 PM.

Please note that this information is based on the provided schedule, and it's advisable to follow official sources or the SAFF's official website for any potential updates or changes to the schedule.

India: This edition marks India's 14th appearance in the SAFF Cup. They have an impressive record, having won the tournament 8 times (in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, and 2021). Their FIFA ranking as of 6 April 2023 is 101.

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