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7 Indian Players Miss Flight Due To Visa Points, Could Miss Friendly vs Bahrain


Seven of India’s nationwide soccer staff gamers, who have been purported to play in a world pleasant in opposition to higher-ranked Bahrain on Wednesday, in all probability will miss the match as they might not journey together with the staff from Mumbai as a result of visa-related points. Eighteen gamers out of the 25-member squad in addition to head coach Igor Stimac and the help employees reached Manama on Monday, the place the nationwide staff will lock horns in worldwide friendlies in opposition to hosts Bahrain on Wednesday and in opposition to Belarus on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Amrinder Singh, defender Chinglensana Singh and Akash Mishra and midfielders Anirudh Thapa, Brandon Fernandes, Aniket Yadav and Bipin Singh couldn’t board the flight together with their team-mates on Monday as their visa approval didn’t come on time.

“We confronted difficulties in our journey. Seven gamers (out of 25) are neglected in Mumbai, nonetheless ready for his or her visa approval which we had utilized two months in the past,” Stimac mentioned in a digital press convention.

“Hopefully, they may by at this time get the permission (visa approval) and fly out from there (Mumbai) and be a part of the squad by tonight. In any other case, we won’t be optimistic that they are going to be concerned within the match tomorrow.” An All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) supply mentioned the visas of the seven gamers got here on Tuesday and they are going to be leaving for Bahrain on Wednesday.

“The visas of all of the gamers got here at this time and they’re flying out tomorrow,” the supply instructed PTI.

Earlier, he mentioned all of the seven gamers may fly out of Mumbai by Tuesday itself.

Stimac is uncertain concerning the technique he’ll make use of on Wednesday in opposition to a powerful aspect like Bahrain if the seven gamers aren’t obtainable for the match.

“I do not know what I’ll do in such a circumstance. I’ve to see what number of gamers can be found on the finish of the day right here at Manama. (If the seven aren’t obtainable, I’ll attempt to put the most effective obtainable XI and take a look at few issues,” he mentioned.


India has by no means crushed Bahrain in its soccer historical past, the drawn match (0-0) in 1982 being its greatest outcome to date.

Within the final assembly between the 2 sides within the 2019 Asian Cup within the UAE, Bahrain had emerged victorious via a stoppage-time aim from a spot kick. Until then, India below Stephen Constantine was on the verge of reserving a historic knock-out berth within the Asian Cup.

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