Easy draw for India at SAFF Championship
DEFENDING champions India were on Tuesday handed a relatively easier draw for the South Asian Football Federation Championship which begins here from September 1.
India, the second highest ranked team at 146th, have been pooled in Group A alongside hosts and last edition semi-finalists Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the biennial regional tournament.
Last edition runners-up and highest ranked team in the tournament, Afghanistan (140th), 2008 edition champions Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bhutan form the Group B in the September 1-11 event.
India have been pooled in Group A alongside Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the biennial regional tournament.
India, who have not played an international match for a long time, escaped from being clubbed either with Afghanistan or Maldives, two strong sides in the tournament.
Afghanistan had drawn with India 1-1 at the group stage in the 2011 edition in New Delhi though they lost in the final.
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