Scottish 'Real Kashmir FC' braided coach David Robertson to be repatriated soon
NEW DELHI: We knew there will be light at the end of the tunnel. This was Real Kashmir FC Scottish coach David Robertson His reaction when he learned that he, his wife Kym, and their son Mason had found a place on the UK government's evacuation/repatriation list.
We are on the list. It is a relief for us. We have to wait until the high commission contacts us, ”David told TOI on Saturday. “There are six from the UK on our team. It is me, my wife, my son Mason, Kallum (Higginbotham), who plays as a forward with Real Kashmir, and two coaches: Jonathon and Jimmy. We are all on that list, ”added the 51-year-old man, thanking TOI.
In its March 31 issue, TOI had highlighted the plight of David, who was desperate to return to Aberdeen, Scotland to care for his sick parents. David's mother, a cancer patient, is receiving chemotherapy. His father is also not in the best of health.
Being stranded in Srinagar, David cannot even video chat with his parents, given the extremely slow speed of the Internet in Kashmir.
David is expected to be flown out of India from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar on April 13, 17 or 19.
“There are three flights: one on April 13th, one on 17th and one on 19. We are waiting to get on one of those. I think they (the UK high commission) will continue to run flights until everyone is out, said an optimistic David.
The UK high commission is very likely to coordinate the transport of David and the other five from Srinagar to Amritsar. They are currently confined to a Srinagar hotel owned by Real Kashmir owner Sandeep Chattoo.
Giving details about what happened in the past 10 days, David said: “(After reading the story) My local MP in Aberdeen contacted people and then received a phone call from the UK high commission here in India. Things materialized yesterday (Friday).
At the same time, David is also concerned about the African players of Real Kashmir: Loveday Enyinnaya (Nigeria), Armand Bazie, Gnohere Krizo (both from Ivory Coast) and Aaron Katebe (Zambia), who are there with him at the Srinagar hotel , with it is not yet known when they will return to their respective countries.
There are four African players who might have to wait longer. I don't know if your countries are doing the same things as European countries. They will have to sit for a while and then a window will open for everyone to get home, David said.