Monday, 27 March, 2017

Rouhani orders dispatch of Women’s Futsal Team to World Cup


Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in a special directive on Saturday has ordered the dispatch of Iranian Women’s National Futsal Team to 2015 Futsal World Cup in Guatemala.

The order comes after an earlier statement by Iran’s Football Federation saying that the Iranian Women’s team may be unable to compete in the 2015 Futsal World Cup due to financial problems  and visa complications.

Iranian sports media reported earlier that Asia’s top team will unfortunately not be competing in the World Cup due to “the lack of adequate and timely administrative coordination”.

The head of the Iran’s Football Federation Ali Kafashian said last week that Guatemala does not have a consulate in Iran, and the team would have to get visas to go to Germany, where they could apply for the Guatemalan visas.

He said their efforts to minimize the process and secure the funds for the trips have unfortunately failed, and the team will not be able to participate in the world tournament.

The women’s team did not take part in the futsal cup games hosted by Colombia for similar reasons.

In September this year, Iranian women’s national futsal team beat Japan 1-0 to win the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship in Malaysia.

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