PANAJI: The Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) has turned down India’s request to postpone the remaining World Cup 2022 qualifying video games to be performed in Qatar subsequent month.
The All India Soccer Federation’s efforts in securing a venue for the preparatory camp have additionally come to nought, with the second wave of the coronavirus nonetheless raging.
AIFF approached AFC for postponement of the three video games in opposition to Qatar (June 3), Bangladesh (June 7) and Afghanistan (June 15), solely to be informed that no modifications within the schedule are doable.
In line with sources, nationwide coach Igor Stimac contacted the gamers final night time and informed them to gear up for the challenges forward, “regardless of the difficulties”.
“We had been requested whether or not we’re match for the project. If a participant has household points almost about Covid scenario, he will likely be excused,” mentioned a nationwide crew participant.
Two of the gamers – Ashutosh Mehta and Ashish Rai – are injured and can want extra time to get better. Three different nationwide crew probables have examined constructive for Covid-19 and are unlikely to make the journey to Doha.
“4 members of a senior participant’s household have examined constructive for Covid-19. They’re recovering, however we now have to see whether or not the participant is in the correct mind set to play soccer,” a supply informed TOI on Tuesday.
India had been initially scheduled to kickstart their preparations from the final week of April in Kolkata however the rising Covid circumstances meant they needed to change plans.
Different venues in India, together with Goa, had been explored however didn’t appear possible as a consequence of fears of over-packed hospitals.
“Our plan was to journey straight to Doha on Might 7 and prepare there. The concept was to minimise air journey and guarantee we now have sufficient time to organize for the essential video games. We now have not but heard from the Qatar FA how quickly we will arrive there. We expect an answer quickly,” mentioned one other official.
If, for no matter causes, the crew can not journey to Doha early, they may head to Dubai for a preparatory camp.
Different groups within the group have confronted no such issues of their preparations. The Emir Cup is conserving gamers busy in Qatar, Bangladesh has resumed its home league whereas Oman have arrange a coaching base in Dubai. Many Afghanistan gamers are busy with decrease division leagues in Europe.
Stimac is anticipated to announce the probables within the subsequent 24 to 48 hours.