Saudi Arabia is the only candidate to host the 2027 Asian Cup

RIYADH: The Asian Football Confederation said on Monday that Saudi Arabia has become the sole candidate to host the Asian Cup finals in 2027, after India withdrew its application for the organizing rights . Last October, competition to host the tournament was limited to India and Saudi Arabia, after Qatar withdrew in following its success in obtaining the rights to host the tournament in 2023 in place of China. Therefore, the Saudi request will be the only request that will be presented to the General Assembly of the Continental Union when it meets in Bahrain next February to determine the host. Hosting the tournament will be a new impetus for Saudi football after the Gulf Kingdom national team defeated its Argentine counterpart 2-1 in the group stage of the current World Cup in Qatar. The All India Football Federation said it withdrew the hosting request because it preferred to focus on improving the level of the game in the country at all levels in the next phase. Saudi Arabia has already won the Asian Cup three times but has never hosted the tournament. Also, at the beginning of questthis year, the Kingdom has revealed its desire to host the Asian Cup for women’s football in 2026. (Reuters)