Iranian import Iman Zandi flies back to Iran, status with Mahindra up in the air

After Meralco’s Mohammad Jamshidi, Mahindra’s Iman Zandi was the next Iranian reinforcement to leave the countrybut for a different reason and a different set-up.

The Enforcer sorely missed the services of Zandi in their 82-81 loss to NLEX Road Warriors on Wednesday as he had to go back to Iran due to some immigration issues.

“He (Zandi) had to go back to Iran, I believe he had an appointment for US citizenship so he had to go back,” Mahindra lead assistant coach Gavina told FOX Sports, moments after his team dropped a heartbreaking 82-81 decision to NLEX on Wednesday.  

Gavina said Zandi left for his home country on  Monday so he could make i  just in time for his scheduled interview.

For the moment, Zandi’s status with the team remains uncertain. 

“We’re not quite sure how long that process is gonna take, so he’s up-in-the- air whether he is gonna be able to come back,” said the Fil-Am assistant coach.

“It’s still an open book, we’re still making it work with him coming back. If not, we’re just gonna move forward,” he added.  

Zandi’s absence was felt in Mahindra’s second straight loss as the team didn’t have another reliable shooter against NLEX.

“We had to adjust rotation again with the loss of another shooter. We’re in a flux right now,” he said.

In 5 games, the veteran Iranian guard posted 6.6 points and 1.4 assists in 19.6 minutes of play. – Jason Mercene

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