India’s football friendly against Barbados cancelled

August 17th, 2011 - 4:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) The Indian football team’s international friendly against Barbados slated for Wednesday in Bridgetown had to be cancelled after coach Armando Colaco was upset with the mis-management on the part of the Barbados Football Association (BFA).

Though All India Football Federation (AIFF) maintained that the match had to be cancelled since the players were tired after a 23-hour long journey, there was some drama after the team landed at Bridgetown Monday.

There was none from the BFA to receive the team. The AIFF was earlier promised visa on arrival but the team had to wait for a few hours before gettig it. The team management also had to arrange a hotel on their own. Later, BFA officials apologised and took the team to the their designated hotel.

But Colaco was adamant and did not want to play the match as he felt the national team lost precious time to get adjusted to the local conditions. The players and the support staffs were ready to play but Colaco stayed put, prompting the AIFF to call off the match.

“The national coach after consultation with the general secretary, the national team director and the BFA decided under the circumstances that the match may result in unnecessary injuries or health problems for the players,” the AIFF said in a statement.

“The AIFF is very conscious that players should not get injured prior to the beginning of the new domestic season and, therefore, in the best interest of the players and the clubs, found it prudent to cancel the match against Barbados,” the statement added.

The next two matches against Trinidad & Tobago (August 21) and Guyana (August 24) would be played as scheduled.

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