Football: Pahang return home after four players are denied entry into Indonesia

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysian club Pahang have criticised the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) after being forced to return home when four of their players encountered visa problems ahead of an AFC Cup clash.

Pahang were scheduled to face Persipura Jayapura in the last 16 of the second tier Asian club tournament on Tuesday but they landed back in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, Malaysian media reported.

Nigerian Dickson Nwakaema, Jamaican Damian Stewart, Pakistani Zesh Rahman and Argentinian Matias Conti were the four players denied entry into Indonesia.

Pahang FA honorary-secretary Fuzeimi Ibrahim told the New Straits Times that the required paperwork had been lodged with the Indonesians last week and laid the blame at the door of the crisis-hit PSSI, which has been suspended by the local government.