How Has India Been Holding Up Against Africa?

The Indian men’s national team has played eleven times against a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The last time India’s male national team faced a non-Asian opponent was in June 2018, when they met Kenya at the Intercontinental Cup.

The Blue Tigers played two matches against Kenya in the Cup of Nations, winning 3-0 and 2-0. The Blue Tigers have faced a CAF side 11 times throughout history, winning five times, drawing twice, and losing four times.

It should be mentioned, however, that in the past two decades, many CAF member nations have visited India and have sent their second string sides. Cameroon’s ‘B’ team traveled to India for the 2012 Nehru Cup, which was the country’s main national team’s ‘B’ team.

Tunisia sent their ‘B’ team in the 1997 Tiger Cup while Zimbabwe’s ‘B’ side played in the 1998 Nehru Cup.

Similarly, the African nations that have hosted India have not fielded their strongest sides. In the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, India were scheduled to play hosts Cameroon but the fixture was shifted to Yaoundé and the Indomitable Lions played a full-strength side.

Similarly, in the return fixture in India, Cameroon fielded their second string.

In the 2002 LG Cup, hosts South Korea fielded their under-23 side while Nigeria played their developmental team in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The only time an African nation has sent their first-choice team to play in India was when Algeria played in the 1997 Nehru Cup.

So far, the best performance by the Indian men’s national team against an African opponent came in the 1997 Nehru Cup, where they defeated the defending champions, Algeria, 2-1 in the group stages 

The Indian team also managed to hold the fancied Nigerian side to a goalless draw in the group stages of the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.

In all, the Indian national team have managed to win 33% of their matches against African opponents while losing 27% of the games. They have also managed to draw 27% of the games played against African opponents.

The Indian men’s team will face Kenya for the second time in five months as they gear up for the Intercontinental Cup which begins on June 3, 2019. The Blue Tigers had defeated the Harambee Stars 3-0 in the group stages of the tournament with Sunil Chhetri scoring a brace.

India have played 11 times against a CAF member association and have won five times, drawn twice and lost four times. The last time the Indian men’s national team faced a non-Asian opponent was in June 2018, when they met Kenya at the 2018 Intercontinental Cup.

India and Kenya met each other twice in the tournament and India won 3-0 and 2-0. The Blue Tigers have faced a team from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on 11 occasions in the past out of which they won five times, drew twice and lost four times.

Similarly, the African nations that have hosted India have not fielded their strongest sides. In the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, India were scheduled to play hosts Cameroon but the fixture was shifted to Yaoundé and the Indomitable Lions played a full-strength side.


Indian and African national and continental teams

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is the governing body of football in India. The national football team, also known as the Indians, represents India on the global stage and is controlled by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The AFC governs international affairs for the squad, which is under FIFA’s authority. The AIFF is one of

The country’s national football team, known as the Indian Olympic Football Team since 2012, has a long history of success. The team was once considered one of Asia’s best, and its golden era occurred in the 1950s and early 1960s. India earned gold at the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games while finishing fourth at the 1956 Summer Olympics during this period. As a result, India is the first Asian country to qualify for a FIFA-sponsored major event’s semi-finals. India has never been present at the FIFA World Cup, despite having qualified by default for the 1950 edition after all other members of its group dropped out. Despite this, India pulled out of the tournament before it began. The national team has also taken part in the AFC Asian Cup four times, including as runner-up in 1964.

India also participates in the South Asian Football Federation Championship, which is the top football event in South Asia. Since its inception in 1993, they have won the competition eight times, making them the most successful team in the region.

On the other hand, Africa is a whole continent, and so national teams come from different countries in different regions. There’s North, West, East, South, and Central African regions composed of different countries.


Recorded matches

21/8/1960 Tunisia 2-2 India International friendly – Draw

12/8/1982 Ghana 1-0 India – 1982 Merdeka – Lose

31/1/1985 Morocco 1-0 India – 1985 Nehru Cup – Lose

24/1/1993 Cameroon 2-2 India – 1993 Nehru Cup – Draw

15/9/2010 India 2-0 Namibia – International friendly – Win

29/11/2011 India 0-5 Zambia – International friendly – Lose

31/8/2012 India 0-1 Cameroon – 2012 Nehru Cup – Lose

2/9/2012 India (2-2) 5-4 Cameroon – 2012 Nehru Cup – Win

19/8/2017 India 2-1 Mauritius – 2017 Tri-Nation Series – Win

4/6/2018 India 3-0 Kenya – 2018 Intercontinental Cup – Win

10/6/2018 India 2-0 Kenya – 2018 Intercontinental Cup – Win


All in all

The Indian national football team has faced many African opponents in the past. Out of the 15 matches that they have played, they have won only 2, drawn 4 and lost 9. This is a clear indication of the fact that they have not been able to perform as well as they would have liked against African teams.

One of the main reasons for this is the vast difference in the level of football played in Africa and India. The African teams are used to playing in much tougher conditions, while the Indian players are not used to playing in such hot and humid weather. This often affects their performance on the pitch.

Another reason for their poor performances against African teams is the lack of experience of the Indian players against these opponents. Most of the Indian players have not played against African teams before, which makes it difficult for them to adapt to their playing style.

The Indian national team will need to improve their performances against African opponents if they want to do well in future tournaments. They will need to work on their tactics and strategies, and also improve their level of play if they want to be competitive against the best teams in the world.