Merdeka Cup 2023
The tournament, which bears the Malay word for independence, was one of the oldest and most prestigious international football tournaments in Asia until it was stopped in 2013. It was once regarded as the ‘Grand Old Lady of Asia’ where top teams from around the world would compete.
India has seen some of its stars of the Golden Era, namely P. K. Banerjee and Tulsidas Balaram, shine in the tournament.
The host, Malaysia, remains the most successful team with 10 titles.
India has finished as runner-up twice, in 1959 and 1964, and last participated in 2001. All matches will be played at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
India will play Malaysia on October 13 as per the original schedule. The winners of this match will play Tajikistan in the final on October 17