Indian membership Bengaluru FC will play its 2021 AFC Cup playoff match against (*15*) FC in the Maldives on August 15, the Asian Football Confederation stated on Monday.
The AFC confirmed that the playoff and group stage (South) matches of the second-tier continental membership competitors can be held in the Maldives.
BFC, the 2016 AFC Cup runners-up, will take on Maldives’ (*15*) FC in the playoff match, with the winners becoming a member of India’s ATK Mohun Bagan FC, Maziya Sports & Recreation from Maldives, and 2020-21 Bangladesh Federation Cup winners Bashundhara Kings in Group D.
“The Blues’ AFC Cup Playoff Clash against Club Eagles FC will take place on August 15th, in the Maldives. The winner of this clash will join ATK Mohun Bagan FC, Maziya S&RC and Bashundhara Kings in Group D,” Bengaluru FC tweeted.
The Group D matches can be held throughout three match days on August 18, 21, and 24, with the group leaders advancing to the single-leg inter-zone semi-final.
In May, BFC’s play-off match against (*15*) FC was postponed indefinitely after three members of the visiting crew violated COVID-19 protocols.
The postponement got here after the host nation’s sports activities minister Ahmed Mahloof requested the ISL aspect to go away, citing breach of COVID-19 protocols, a sentiment echoed by membership proprietor Parth Jindal.
The membership has already began coaching for its upcoming match.