India didn’t show a good spirit cancelling their friendly against Jordan
It was a difficult situation knowing that few of the players and supporting staff only joined the rest of the group with less than 24 hours to kickoff, but Indian team must have gone ahead with the schedule. India didn’t show a good spirit cancelling their friendly against Jordan.
Jordan have been flood victims in past weeks and Jordan Football Associationa (JFA) had already announced that the amount collected from ticket sales for the India game would be donated to national relief fund. India should have played that match for the noble cause leaving aside their comfort and preparedness for the game.
A 15-member group had already reached Amman on Thursday as per Goal reporting.. Only seven players and a few officials were stuck at Kuwait City airport for more than 10 hours after their flight to Amman was diverted because of heavy rainfall. Fifteen were good enough to play the game.
India should have gone ahead with the schedule and have lived by example. They would have been appreciated by Jordan to go ahead with the game despite all the hiccups, but it’s a complete no-no for even their own fans.
If this is true, it’s terrible I think. @Goal_India reporting that the #JORIND friendly has been cancelled. Team reaching Jordan aside, the @IndianFootball team has lost another opportunity to get some game time before the #AsianCup2019 #Indianfootball
— Naveen Peter (@peterspeaking) November 16, 2018
Their only excuse was to reschedule the match from Saturday to Sunday, but it’s impossible knowing Jordan only have a game scheduled against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
It’s a complete mess of a situation as Indian official decided to call off the match. They shouldn’t have taken it as their competitive battle and have already surrendered themselves knowing they have traveled without Sunil Chhetri and weather hiccups made them more paralyzed to face Jordan.
It wasn’t time to produce excuses but play a game in a high spirit. They are certainly not going to be appreciated in international community for calling off this game. Even their own fans are not going to like it.
India don’t have another match scheduled during this international break. They’ll be playing Oman on December 27 before finally entering into the AFC Asian Cup and start their campaign against Thailand.