NEW DELHI: India will take on Nepal in an international friendly match at Mumbai on 6th June, 2017 after India’s match against Lebanon has been canceled yesterday due to visa problems of the Lebanese players.
India supposed to play Lebanon on 7th June as a part of their preparations for second AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan.
However, the match was officially called off by the Lebanese FA after they failed to apply for entry visas for the team at the Indian Embassy in Beirut, as the majority of their national team players are playing abroad with their respective clubs and it was not possible for them to come to Lebanon to apply for their visas.
Hence, they wished for visa-on-arrival for the team but as per the rules procurement of visas on arrival for Lebanese citizens is not granted.
Therefor, The All India Football Federation approached the All Nepal Football Association for the friendly, which they accepted.
The friendly will be benefitting both the teams as they are preparing for the second matches of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers. While India take on Kyrgyzstan on 13th June at Benagluru, Nepal faces Yemen on the same day at Kathmandu.