Relief for Aizawl FC as Saighani gets permit to play

In a relief for Aizawl FC, star defender Masih Saighani today got the Protected Area Permit (PAP) required for Afghan nationals to enter Manipur, making him eligible to play in the I-League match against Neroca FC.

Saighani landed here on Wednesday with his team and was initially not allowed to leave the airport and enter Imphal city.   -  S. Gopakumar

 

In a relief for Aizawl FC, star defender Masih Saighani today got the Protected Area Permit (PAP) required for Afghan nationals to enter Manipur, making him eligible to play in the I-League match against Neroca FC.

Defending champion Aizawl FC, currently placed sixth in ongoing edition, takes on second-placed Neroca in an afternoon match here tomorrow.

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“The Home Ministry has issued the PAP and we are hoping that he (Saighani) will be able to make it to Imphal from Guwahati by an early morning flight tomorrow morning. The match starts at 2pm, so we have some time,” Aizawl FC owner- cum-president Robert Royte told PTI.

Aizawl is currently at the sixth position in the league table with 16 points from 12 games while Neroca is placed second with 27 points from 14 matches.

The 31-year-old Saighani landed here on Wednesday with his team and was initially not allowed to leave the airport and enter Imphal city. But, after the intervention of Neroca FC owner, he was allowed to spend the night at the team hotel on special permission. He left Imphal yesterday morning.

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