Messi and Co to stay put in Kolkata till Monday morning

Kolkata: After their 1-0 win over Venezuela in a FIFA official international friendly game Friday, the Lionel Messi-led Argentina team would stay in the city till Monday to fine-tune their preparation for their match against Nigeria in Dhaka Tuesday.

We had received a request from the Argentine team management that they want to lengthen their stay in Kolkata. They have liked the location of the hotel which is so close to the (Salt Lake) stadium which is their practice venue and where they also played Friday night, said event promoters Celebrity Management Group CEO Dharamdas Pandey.

He said the Argentines have also liked the practice venue and new coach Alejandro Sabella wants to hold practice sessions here before flying over to Dhaka.

The technical staff and coaching support team will leave Sunday morning.

The players will go to Bangladesh Monday morning, Pandey said.

The Argentines are slated to hold an optional practice session Saturday evening.

IANS

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