India vs Jordan: Friendly to go ahead as planned despite logistical trouble
All India Football Federation (AIFF) have made it clear that the friendly between India and Jordan in Amman will go ahead as planned despite seven members of the squad left stranded in Kuwait due to torrential downpour. The weather situation created question marks over the friendly with players getting delayed for their forward journey. AIFF stated in a release that the first-ever International friendly between India and Jordan will kick off as scheduled on Saturday at 10.30 PM IST.
Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh, Sumeet Passi, Udanta Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan and members of the support staff were left stranded at the Kuwait International Airport for over 32 hours due to the bad weather.
India’s friendly against Jordan is one of the last friendlies that the team would play ahead of the AFC Asia Cup scheduled for January 2019. Next fixture on the cards for India is against Oman scheduled to be played in December. Jordan’s next assignment, however, is against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday which left little time for the fixture to be rescheduled.
To make things worse for India and the preparations, the luggage including player’s kits, equipment and personal belongings went missing after they landed in Amman.
Full press release by the AIFF on the fixture
“With 7 members of the Indian National Team having left stranded at the Kuwait International Airport for over 32 hours, courtesy heavy thunderstorm and rains, it is not the ideal situation for Stephen Constantine’s boys as they try to recover in time to take on a strong Jordan team in the scheduled International Friendly in Amman on Saturday (November 17, 2018).”
“Amidst torrential downpour along with lightning and thunder which has inundated Kuwait City with heavy flooding, forced postponements and cancellation of several flights, seven players — Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh, Sumeet Passi, Udanta Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan — along with some members of the support staff were left stranded for over 32 hours at the Kuwait International Airport en route to Amman.”
“To add to all the dismay and frustration, the luggage including player’s kits, team equipment and personal belongings of all the players and support staff also went missing when they landed in Amman.”
“However, the match, the first-ever International Friendly between the two countries will kick-off as scheduled on Saturday (November 17) at IST 10.30pm.”