Iran has received invitation from Belarus to play a couple of friendly fixtures in the European country, said Leila Yarmohammadi, the head of Futsal Department at Iran Football Federation.
Should Iran accept the offer, Mohammad Nazemasharieh’s team will face Belarus twice in late August, according to Yarmohammadi, IRNA reported.
This comes as relieving news for futsal fans in the country ahead of September’s FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania, as Iran’s preparations took a blow after two friendly matches in Japan were canceled due the Asian country’s measures during the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Mehr News Agency reported.
Iran had already seen an exhibition tournament in Shiraz, southcentral Iran, called off for unknown reasons.
Speaking of Iran’s plans, Yarmohammadi said: “Iran will hold two training camps this month, before the players resume their club duties for the start of Futsal Super League on July 29.”
The Iranian added, “The football federation of Belarus has invited Iran for two friendlies between August 28 and September 1.”
Yarmohammadi also said Iran, according to FIFA protocols, Iran will fly to Lithuania on September 9 – three days before the World Cup opener.
Iran is pitted in Group F, which Nazemasharieh had described as “the toughest group”, alongside defending champion Argentina, USA, and Serbia.