Underdogs Venezuela arrive without any baggage
Venezuela were robbed of a crucial practice session today ahead of their FIFA International friendly against Argentina here on Friday after their playingkits landed in Madrid instead of arriving here this morning.Updated: Sep 01, 2011 00:02 IST
Venezuela were robbed of a crucial practice session today ahead of their FIFA International friendly against Argentina here on Friday after their playingkits landed in Madrid instead of arriving here this morning.
The organisers of the match, Celebrity Management Group, arranged some local gears for the La Vinotinto but the Indian size jerseys did not fit the players. CMG executive director Bhaswar Goswami said that the airline had kept the players baggage in a Madrid-bound flight by mistake.
“It was to come via Dubai but instead landed in Madrid. We immediately got in touch with the airline officials and they have promised us to get it delivered by tomorrow. We will ensure that Venezuela get a prematch practice on the eve of the match,” Goswami said.
The Lionel Messi-led Argentines, on the other hand, practiced for about an hour at Yuva Bharati Krirangan here this evening.
Meanwhile, the organisers have said that they were expecting about 80,000 spectators in the 1,20,000 capacity stadium for the Friday's blockbuster encounter. “It’s a decent turnout but we are not overjoyed with the response. We don't think the price was a factor," Goswami said.
West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra said 5,000 VCDs of the match will be distributed among school children across various towns and villages of the state.
What a faux pas!
In an embarrassing organisational goof up in the run up to Argentina's International friendly against Venezuela, some big hoardings in the city are carrying the pictures of Paraguay players, instead of Venezuelans, along with star attraction Lionel Messi and his team.
Ironically, the organisers have no idea about the faux pas. The promotional hoardings for the match, show a life size cutout of Messi at the centre, the Argentine sqaud on his left and the Paraguay squad, in white and red jersey, on his right. But the big-hearted Venezuelans, who finished ahead of the two time world champions by being fourth in Copa America, opted to overlook the glitch.
First Published: Sep 01, 2011 00:00 IST