It was revealed to Goal.com that the Indian FA had asked all the participating nations to send their senior sides and only then, their involvement was confirmed. Thereafter, the five nations, apart from India, were named by the AIFF for the Nehru Cup.
Sources close to Goal.com in Thailand has stated on Tuesday that they
have no intention of sending their senior side and were keen on giving exposure
to one of their junior sides, which didn’t go well with the AIFF.
In the past few days, the AIFF has been busy speaking to a
few national federations in order to get them to participate in the tournament
with the confirmation coming from Palestine, who are ranked 177th in
the latest FIFA rankings.
Only two teams are ranked above India in the tournament, namely
last edition’s finalists Syria (95) and Lebanon (148), who defeated India in
the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.