The Kolkata giants suffered an unexpected blow to their AFC Cup dreams on Saturday evening as three of their senior players were denied a visa...Three East Bengal players including skipper Mehtab Hossain were denied a visa to board their scheduled flight to Kuwait on Saturday evening.
The Kolkatan outfit will play Kuwait SC on 1st October in the first leg of the AFC Cup semifinals.
The East Bengal team reached the airport in the evening, only to find out that the visas of three of their key players, Mehtab, Gurwinder Singh and Arnab Mondal had not yet arrived. That was an unexpected shock for the club and having no instantaneous solution at their disposal, the remianing players left for Kuwait without the above mentioned trio.
Apart from the footballers, four officials were also left stranded, including UB representative Amit Sen.
Mehtab Hossain, the Indian international and skipper of the side vented his disappointment about the incident.
"I have no clue why this happened. Now, we have been told to board the same flight tomorrow. We will be a day late and it will surely hamper our preparation," the midfielder told Goal shortly after he returned home frustated.
East Bengal officials are also taking this incident seriously and have decided to contact AFC over the matter.
"The Kuwait club was in charge to secure the visas and most probably it is their fault. We have had a short meeting at the club and have decided that we will officially bring this incident to AFC's attention," Santosh Bhattacharya, the football secretary of the club revealed to Goal.
The club has reportedly suffered a loss of Rupees 3.30 lakhs due to the cancellation of the tickets. The East Bengal management refused to rule out the possibility of it being a conspiracy.