New Delhi: The Indian football team will play an international friendly match against Bangladesh on March 5 in Goa, the All India Football Federation said on Wednesday.The match, which will be India’s first international friendly of the year, is slated to be played at the Nehru Stadium at Fatorda, in Margao. March 5 is a FIFA friendly match day.

India and Bangladesh have played 30 international matches between them so far. India have won 17 times while Bangladesh have won five matches. Eight matches have ended in a draw.The last time the two teams met was at the 2013 SAFF Championship in Kathmandu and the match had ended in a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, a team from FIFA is visiting this week to assess the stadiums and tell organizers what is needed ahead of the 2017 tournament.India is languishing in No. 156 spot in the FIFA rankings, but hasn’t always been so far down the pecking order in international football.

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