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Nehru Cup football to be held from Aug 23 to Sep 2

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Earlier scheduled to be held from August 16 to 26, the executive committee of the AIFF decided to postpone the tournament as the dates clashed with Ramzan.

"We are in the process of inviting teams like Nigeria, Malaysia, Qatar, Jordan and Syria. It is also a good idea to invite Afghanistan as they got good support here the last time around (during SAFF Cup).

It will be held at JLN, that's the plan right now as part of the agreement with SAI."

Newly appointed national coach Wim Koevermans said playing good teams in the Nehru Cup will benefit his players.

"We must play good teams so that we can learn from them," the former Dutch international who was part of the Netherlands team that won the European Championship in 1988, said.

India will enter the tournament as two-time defending champions. In the title clash of the last edition, they defeated Syria at the Ambedkar Stadium.

As far as the Federation Cup is concerned, Das said there will be a meeting next week to decide the venue for the tournament, scheduled to be held from September 15.

Sources have said that Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have evinced interest to host the tournament.

First Published: Fri, June 15 2012. 21:05 IST