The India vs Jordan football friendly in Amman will go ahead as planned after All India Football Federation (AIFF) confirmed the same. Earlier, there were reports that the football friendly might be cancelled after seven of the Indian football team members were left stranded in Kuwait due to the torrential downpour. The rains resulted in delayed flights and 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.
After being able to reach Amman, the players further faced trouble as the luggage including player’s kits, equipment, and personal belongings went missing. So, this led to reports that the friendly match might be cancelled. Meanwhile, AIFF in a press release stated that the match will go ahead. Sunil Chhetri Injury Update: Bengaluru FC Captain Ruled Out of ISL 2018-19 for Two Weeks Due to Ankle Injury!
“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. I-League 2018-19 Match Highlights: Sandro Rodriguez's Double Strike Helps Chennai City FC Beat Aizawl FC 2-1
“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,” read AIFF’s media release.
Meanwhile, this will be the first ever friendly between the two teams. And more importantly, this is an important fixture for the Indian football team as they prepare for the AFC Asia Cup scheduled for January 2019.