The international football friendly where the Blue Tigers were supposed to lock horns with Jordan in their den has been cancelled according to a Goal.com report. The reason for this inconvenience is that the Indian team did not reach the capital city Amman 24 hours ahead of the match, due to a delay in flight and as it got diverted because of rain.
The entire squad arrived late on Friday night after seven players and a few officials were stuck in Kuwait City airport for more than 10 hours after their flight to Amman was diverted because of heavy rainfall.
Jordan recently is reeling under flash floods and the Jordan Football Association (JFA) had already announced that the amount collected from ticket sales for the India game would be donated for the national relief fund.
This was an important match for the Blue Tigers ahead of the all-important AFC Asian Cup scheduled to be held in January-February next year. India are ranked 97th while Jordan are placed 112th in the FIFA rankings.
Once the Chhetri-less team arrived, the players were tired and exhausted and the press conference that was supposed to be held also got cancelled.
Earlier, Constantine said, “We want to do well in the AFC Asian Cup and the clash against Jordan will aid us. Jordan are a good side and they have a number of good players in their ranks.”
However, the Blue Tigers will play Oman in a friendly game in December before heading into the much-awaited AFC Asia Cup. India has been drawn in the Group A alongside UAE, Thailand and Bahrain.