Published By: Ritayan Basu
Last Updated: October 10, 2023, 21:30 IST
After returning from the Asian Games empty-handed, the Indian football team is now set to feature in the Merdeka Cup. The Men in Blue will begin their campaign in the knockout tournament with a fixture against hosts Malaysia. The highly anticipated match will take place at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on October 13. The winner of this game will secure their place in the final, which is scheduled for October 17. Tajikistan were slated to square off against Palestine in the other semi-final. But the fixture had to be cancelled after the Palestine team withdrew their name in the wake of Hamas incursions into Israel.
The Merdeka Cup is an annual football tournament, which has been held since 1957 to commemorate Malaysia’s independence day. However, the international tournament is returning this year after a prolonged hiatus of 10 years. India have so far competed in 17 out of 41 editions of the Merdeka Cup, with their latest appearance coming in 2001.
Palestine is the top-seeded team featuring in the 2023 Merdeka Cup, holding the 96th place in the FIFA rankings. India (102nd), Tajikistan (110th), and Malaysia (136th) are following them in the standings. This will be the 32nd time that India and Malaysia are clashing against each other. Their last face-off came in 2011 when India had the last laugh in the friendly fixture.
Ahead of Friday’s Merdeka Cup 2023 match between India and Malaysia; here is all you need to know:
What date Merdeka Cup 2023 match between India and Malaysia will be played?
The Merdeka Cup 2023 match between India and Malaysia will take place on October 13, Friday.
Where will the Merdeka Cup 2023 match India vs Malaysia be played?
The Merdeka Cup 2023 match between India and Malaysia will be played at Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
What time will the Merdeka Cup 2023 match between India and Malaysia begin?
The Merdeka Cup 2023 match between India and Malaysia will begin at 6:30 PM IST on Friday.
Which TV channels will broadcast India vs Malaysia Merdeka Cup 2023 match?
The India vs Malaysia match will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India.
How do I watch the live streaming of the India vs Malaysia Merdeka Cup 2023 match?
The India vs Malaysia match will be streamed live on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website in India.
India vs Malaysia Possible Starting XI:
India Predicted Starting Line-up: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Nikhil Poojary, Roshan Singh, Mehtab Singh, Lalchungnunga, Mahesh Singh Naorem, Liston Colaco, Jeakson Singh, Nandhakumar Sekar, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh
Malaysia Predicted Starting Line-up: Hazmi, Davies, Saad, Safari, Corbin-Ong, Wilkin, Laine, Abba, Josue, Rashid, Hamlin