Pahang's AFC Cup match in jeopardy

The AFC Cup Round of 16 match between Persipura Jayapura and Pahang might not go through as scheduled due to visa problems.

Pahang, who travelled to Indonesia on Saturday to play Persipura Jayapura on May 26, were forced to return to Malaysia after their foreign players were denied entry into Indonesia due to visa problems.

The players in question were Dickson Nwakaeme, Damian Stewart, Zesh Rehman and Matias Conti.

Speaking to New Straits Times, Pahang FA honorary-secretary Fuzeimi Ibrahim said the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) had failed to sort out the visa issues concerning the four players.

He also added that all related documents had already been submitted on May 18 to the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

"We were promised that everything will be sorted out and the players will be issued visa on arrival.

"Sadly, the players were left stranded at the airport [Jakarta International Airport] and we decided to return home [together].

"We will lodge an official complaint to the Football Association of Malaysia and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Monday.”

It is unclear if the AFC Cup encounter will be rescheduled or forfeited.