Unplayable Practice Pitches in Kathmandu Adds to Indian Men’s Football Team’s Woe

The Indian football team’s practice session ahead of the second international friendly, scheduled to be played against Nepal on Sunday, has hit a major roadblock owing to the lack of basic practice amenities in Kathmandu. The Blue Tigers haven’t been able to get a practice field since their first match on September 2 and have been stuck in the team hotel since then.

A brief morning shower on Friday forced them to cancel their evening practice session, and the recovery process post has suffered a lot. Though it looks decent from the surface, the heavy and wet underfoot conditions at the practice pitch made available to India at the Army Headquarters is extremely dangerous with almost the entire boot of the players being submerged in water the moment they take the field.

With that risking injuries, the team management is equally concerned and confused as to how to go about the situation.

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