KUALA LUMPUR: Saudi Arabia on Monday grew to become the only real bidder to host the 2027 Asian Cup after India withdrew its bid.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) stated in a press release that the All India Football Federation had pulled out from the choice.
The assertion didn’t present any causes for India’s resolution.
In October the AFC’s govt committee shortlisted India and Saudi Arabia as potential hosts.
“The Asian Football Confederation has been officially notified by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) of their decision to withdraw their bid from the AFC Asian Cup 2027 host selection process,” the regional physique stated Monday with out elaborating.
Three-time champions Saudi Arabia will now in all probability host their first AFC Asian Cup.
The AFC Congress will formally determine the host within the Bahrain capital of Manama in February subsequent 12 months.
Saudi Arabia brought about one of many largest shocks within the ongoing World Cup in Qatar once they beat Argentina 2-1 of their opening match. But the workforce weren’t in a position to advance previous the primary spherical.
The 2023 Asian Cup will even be hosted by Qatar. It was beforehand set to be held in China however the nation withdrew due to Covid.
The Asian Cup is staged each 4 years. Qatar received the match’s final version, in 2019, which was hosted by the United Arab Emirates.