All teams will play each other once, with the best two teams coming to the final, scheduled for July 17. India will meet at the back of the King & # 39; s Cup in Thailand, where they finished third. This will also mark Stimac's second assignment since he took over from Stephen Constantine. India, currently ranked 101 in FIFA charts, had won the first edition of the tournament in Mumbai last year.
They start as favorites on Sunday against their 120th ranked opponents.
Tajikistan is best remembered to be defeated by India 4-1 in the final of the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in New Delhi, leading the way to the Blue Tigers to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup.
They have never qualified for the Asian Cup and their biggest achievement so far is winning the 2006 inaugural AFC Challenge Cup in Bangladesh.
Tajikistan has never broken into double figures in FIFA rankings and they have not done so well in the past year.
Most visiting players are from Istiklol, the domestic champions.
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