Amman: With all the speculations going around Indian football team’s highly anticipated friendly against Jordan getting cancelled due to the Indian squad failing to report to the destination on time because of a delay in flight, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Saturday put all the rumours and speculations to bed regarding the cancellation of the match by putting out a notice that the fixture – which is also the first ever International friendly between India and Jordan – will kick off as scheduled on Saturday.
Hence, the AIFF went forward and decided to go ahead with the match as scheduled, despite their seven players, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh, Sumeet Passi, Udanta Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan, being left stranded at the Kuwait International Airport for over 32 hours due to bad weather.
Here is the full notice by AIFF on India vs Jordan:
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 and will be telecast live on Star Sports Network.