According to reports released by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Indian national football team will play two international friendly matches against Palestine in October. India will play Palestine, currently ranked No. 85 in FIFA rankings, on October 6 and 9. The venues of the matches have not yet been revealed.
India, which is ranked No. 151 in the world, last played Palestine in February 2013 in Kochi. Palestine won 4-2. Palestine is the current AFC Challenge Cup champions.
Current Roster of India: Subrata Pal, Karanjit Singh, Amrinder Singh, Aiborlang Khongjee, Denzil Franco, Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das, Gurjinder Kumar, Clifford Miranda, Mehtab Hossain, Francis Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Lalrindika Ralte, Rocus Lamare, Victorino Fernandes, Alwyn George, Balwant Singh, Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri.
Current Roster of Palestine: Toufic Ali, Ramzi Saleh (c), Ghanem Mahajneh, Raed Fares, Hussam Abu, Saleh Omar, Jarun Mousa, Abu Jazar, Khaled Mahdi, Abdelatif Bahdari, Haytham Theeb, Mus’ab Al-Batat, Hilal Musa, Tamer Seyam, Imad Zatara, Ahmed Maher, Abdelhamid Abuhabib, Khader Yousef, Murad Ismail Said, Abdullah Jaber, Rami Musallmeh, Ashraf Nu’man.
In addition to these friendlies that have been scheduled for the senior team, the under-23 squad will also play two friendlies against Pakistan on August 17 and 20 in Bangalore. All matches are in preparation for the Asian Games that start on September 19.