India's friendly against Lebanon cancelled
Written by: Mrunal Nakashe
The Lebanese FA decided to pull out of the fixture due to immigration issues...
India's upcoming friendly with the Lebanon has been cancelled due to issues in obtaining visas for the Lebanese squad. The game which was to be held at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbao on 7th June was seen as vital preparation for the Blue Tigers' upcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan.
The team will take part in a preparatory camp in the metropolis starting this Saturday.
The Lebanese FA had requested that that its squad be given visas on arrival contending that since most of the players played in leagues overseas it was difficult to obtain prior visas. However, the Government of India clarified that Lebanese citizens cannot be given visa on arrival, after which the West Asian team decided to pull out of the proposed friiendly.
It is understood that the All India Football Federation is working to find new opponents for Stephen Constantine's men, but with time running out itis possible that the Blue Tigers could head into the qualifier without any game-time under their belt.
India got off to a winning start in their qualification campaign with an away win against Myanmar last time out and have only recently climbed into the top 100 in the FIFA rankings. They will take on Kyrgyzstan on 13th June at the Kanteerava Stadoum in Bengaluru.
Published: Tue May 16, 2017 12:51 PM IST