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Guwahati wants to host one of India's World Cup qualifiers

New Delhi: Guwahati is set to host India's first qualifying match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup against Oman on September 5 after the Assam Football Association (AFA) expressed interest "considering the popularity" of the sport in the region.

The Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Sarusajai, on the outskirts of the state capital, could get to host the game.

"We have got in touch with the All India Football Federation requesting them to give us one of the World Cup qualifying matches and they considered it. There is a chance we might get the September 5 game," AFA general secretary Hemen Brahma said. The Assam Football Association has received a "positive" feedback from the apex body. "The AIFF has received a proposal from Assam but nothing has been finalised yet," a source close to the governing body said.

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