India’s preparations for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers has been dealt a blow after Lebanon decided to pull out of a friendly scheduled on June 7th. The friendly was supposed to be held at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai.
The Lebanese FA decided to pull out from the fixture owing to visa issues. Lebanon were looking to give its players visas on arrival since they claimed most of their squad members were playing in foreign leagues making it hard to apply for prior visas for all of them.
The Government of India made it clear that citizens of Lebanon cannot be awarded visa on arrival which prompted the Lebanese FA to pull out from the fixture.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is trying to find another opponent for Stephen Constantine’s men before the crucial match against Kyrgyz Republic at the Kanteerava stadium in Bengaluru on June 13th. But it looks like the Blues will have to go ahead without a practice match.
India – Lebanon game cancelled. The West Asian nation has decided to pull out from the game after a hassle due to visas for their players.. pic.twitter.com/YNM3ctljFZ
— Sporthood (@Sporthood_in) May 16, 2017
@falebanon India vs Lebanon friendly cancelled due to visa issue, sad that we gonna miss such cracking match.
— Shivaji Chapekar (@feel_shiva9) May 16, 2017