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 adjustments within the schedule are doable.
In keeping with sources, nationwide coach Igor Stimac contacted the gamers final evening and informed them to gear up for the challenges forward, “regardless of the difficulties”.
“We have been requested whether or not we’re match for the project. If a participant has household points close to 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 well. 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’ve got to see whether or not the participant is in the proper state of mind to play soccer,” a supply informed TOI on Tuesday.
India have been initially scheduled to kickstart their preparations from the final week of April in Kolkata however the rising Covid instances meant they needed to change plans.
Different venues in India, together with Goa, have been explored however didn’t appear possible on account of fears of over-packed hospitals.
“Our plan was to journey straight to Doha on Could 7 and prepare there. The concept was to minimise air journey and guarantee we’ve got sufficient time to arrange for the essential video games. We have now not but heard from the Qatar FA how quickly we are able to 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 are going to head to Dubai for a preparatory camp.
Different groups within the group have confronted no such issues of their preparations. The Emir Cup is maintaining 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 predicted to announce the probables within the subsequent 24 to 48 hours.