Indian midfielders hope Qatar’s cooling tech gives them respite from the heat during matches – Sports News, Firstpost

Although not counting towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup, India still has a chance of qualifying for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China.

Rowllin Borges in action for India. Twitter @ IndianFootball

New Delhi: Indian soccer team star midfielders Rowllin Borges and Brandon Fernandes are banking on Qatar’s cooling technology for much-needed respite from the heat in their upcoming World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers in Doha.

Although not counting towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup, India still has a chance of qualifying for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China.

India is set to face Asian champions Qatar on June 3, Bangladesh on June 7 and Afghanistan on June 15. All three matches will be played at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.

“The cooling technology in the stadium is amazing. You know it is very hot in Qatar. But you will have cold vibrations in the stadium. It keeps you cool,” Borges said.

Borges was one of the key figures in the midfielder tonight in September in Qatar when India held the hosts to a 0-0 draw in their 2019 World Cup qualifiers first leg.

“It was the first time I saw something like this in a stadium. Even in the 85th minute you will stay fresh when that air blows. You feel like you can keep running,” Borges told reporters.

His midfield teammate Fernandes, who came on in that game, echoed Borges’ thoughts.
“The last time we were in Qatar the stadium was pretty cool. There was no humidity. It was pretty well conditioned. (There were) amazing conditions for playing football.

“In fact, Qatar has excellent infrastructure and world-class football facilities. It will be a great feeling to play on the Al Sadd pitch. I look forward to a good experience playing there,” said the FC Goa player.


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