With Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi being in an unplayable condition, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) are likely to have the home leg of the 2014 World Cup Qualifier at the Ambedkar Stadium.
The Indian national team are practicing in the very same stadium since mid-June and has been India’s ‘Lucky Mascot’ given that they have won the Nehru Cup twice along with the AFC Challenge Cup which booked their berth in the 2011 Asian Cup.
Armando Colaco had earlier suggested that Team India would prefer to play at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune but with the Ambedkar Stadium deemed fit, it has eased AIFF’s headache.
Nehru Stadium would have required a lot of work on the part of the Indian FA and given that the work hadn’t started with almost a month left for the high profile match, it was highly unlikely that the stadium would have been ready by the d-day.
Meanwhile, four referees from Singapore, a match commissioner from Vietnam and a referee’s assessor from Malaysia will be the officials officiating the match in Delhi.