The following season, Nike experimented with the Indian kit once again by going a bit darker with the blue colour. The blue shirt now contained a vertical sash, while the shorts remained white. Nike also came up with an inventive design for the away kit, going away from the bland white away kits the Blue Tigers had been used to sporting in the past. A reddish colour shirt with a blue short and shades of blue on the red shirt was the away kit design for the Indian national football team until Nike effected another change for the 2007-08 season. India won the 2007 Nehru Cup.
With constant managerial upheavals a thing of the past, Bob Houghton's Blue Tigers wore all blue for the first time in many years. The away kit also featured a simple design with both the shirt and short having an orange look about it. India won the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup under Houghton's watch and qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2011.