7 Indian players miss flight due to visa issues, miss friendly vs Bahrain | football news
Coach Igor Stimak told that all the players had applied for visas about 2 months ago. (AFP)
Indian football team coach Igor Stimac told that he faced a lot of difficulties in the journey. He told that out of 25 players, 7 players remained in Mumbai and their visa approval is still awaited. Stimac said that the players’ visas were applied for two months ago.
Ahead of the start of India’s campaign in two international friendly matches against Bahrain and Belarus, Indian senior men’s football team head coach Igor Stimac says his boys are going to continue to be brave in their match against hosts Bahrain on Wednesday. Stimac announced on Monday ahead of the friendly matches that seven new faces Prabhsukhan Gill, Hormipam Ruiva, Anwar Ali, Roshan Singh, VP Suhair, Danish Farooq and Aniket Yadav have been included in the 25-member Indian squad.
Keeping the selection in mind, he said that I want to give my players a chance to play against good opponents and I hope that when they are on the field tomorrow, they will adopt a brave attitude too. I will try to pick my best starting XI along with some fresh faces. I want to see how they perform against the higher ranked teams so that he can assess them for the qualifiers later in June.
Asked about the selection of the team, Stimac said that it has been a very difficult season, but at the same time it has been exciting as well. I had to make sure that half the Indian players who played in Hero ISL this season were on my list. There were other players who did well, but because of injuries, I didn’t want to risk calling them here.
Seven players from the India national football team, who were to play in an international friendly against high-ranked Bahrain on Wednesday, are likely to miss the match as they cannot travel with the team from Mumbai due to visa-related issues. Can you Eighteen players from the 25-man squad, as well as head coach Igor Stimac and support staff, arrived in Manama on Monday, where the national team will lock horns in international friendly matches against hosts Bahrain on Wednesday and Belarus on Saturday.
Goalkeepers Amarinder Singh, defenders Chinglensana Singh and Akash Mishra and midfielders Anirudh Thapa, Brandon Fernandes, Aniket Yadav and Bipin Singh could not board the flight with their teammates on Monday as their visa clearances did not arrive on time.
Stimac said in a virtual press conference, “We faced difficulties in our journey. Seven players (out of 25) are left in Mumbai, still awaiting the approval of their visas, which we applied for two months ago.”
“Hopefully, they will get the permission (visa clearance) by today and fly from there (Mumbai) and join the team by tonight. Otherwise, we cannot be optimistic that they will join the match tomorrow.” A source in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said the visas of the seven players arrived on Tuesday and they will leave for Bahrain on Wednesday.
“The visas of all the players arrived today and they will leave tomorrow,” the source said.
Earlier, he said that all the seven players can go out of Mumbai only till Tuesday.
If seven players are not available for the match, Stimac is unsure of his strategy on Wednesday against a strong team like Bahrain.
“I don’t know what I would do in such a situation. I’ll have to see how many players are available in Manama at the end of the day. (If seven are not available, I will try to provide the best) XI and try a few things,” he said.