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Lebanon Pulls Out of Football Friendly Against India

Indian football team's international friendly against Lebanon to be played in Mumbai on June 7 has been cancelled after the West Asian nation pulled out of the contest, citing problems in the procurement of visas of its players.

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Updated:May 16, 2017, 3:28 PM IST
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New Delhi: Indian football team's international friendly against Lebanon to be played in Mumbai on June 7 has been cancelled after the West Asian nation pulled out of the contest, citing problems in the procurement

of visas of its players.

The match against Lebanon was to serve as a build-up for India's crucial Asian Cup Qualifiers game against Kyrgyz Republic on June 13 in Bengaluru. The AIFF said it was looking for a replacement country but it's unlikely to happen with very little time left to look for another nation.

"The Lebanese Football Association has expressed their regret at not being able to travel to India to play the international friendly against the Indian national team on June 7, 2017. Lebanon had earlier in March 2017 confirmed their willingness to play the match in Mumbai. The AIFF is currently looking for a replacement," the AIFF said in a statement.

In a letter to AIFF, Jihad Al Chohof, general secretary of Lebanese FA, wrote: "We regret to inform you that we will no longer be able to play the friendly match...it is not possible to apply for entry visas for the majority of national team visas at Indian Embassy in Beirut, as they are playing abroad with their respective clubs ... it is not possible for them to come to Lebanon to apply for their visas."

As per rules of Government of India, Lebanese citizens cannot get visas on arrival in India.

Expressing his disappointment at the development,national team coach Stephen Constantine said: "The decision of

the Lebanon FA, that too at the 11th hour comes as a jolt for our preparations for the crucial AFC Asian Cup Qualifier against the Kyrgyz Republic.

"Even as we are trying to find a replacement team, I understand that it is very difficult as all other teams have already finalised their matches."

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| Edited by: Debdoot Das
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