Tehran: Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) said that the national team will face Sierra Leone on March 17 instead of Libya, who are unprepared for the friendly.

FFIRI President Mehdi Taj announced that despite the agreement with the Libyan Football Federation, they could not prepare their team for friendly matches with Iran, which another match was coordinated with the national team of Sierra Leone to face the Central Asians at the Azadi Stadium on March 17.

He continued that prior to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Iran will play eight friendly matches, saying: “In late March two matches are scheduled for the national team against Tunisia and Algeria, of which the second one will take place in Austria.

“We will have two friendly matches in Tehran in April and May against the national teams of Syria and Uzbekistan, respectively. After that, the national team will have two more matches in Turkey against the Turkish and Greek national football teams in May. The last match for our team before the World Cup will be against the Lithuanian team in Russia in June.”

Iran are in Group B at the FIFA World Cup with Spain, Portugal and Morocco. They open their campaign against Morocco on June 15.