Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) champions Bashundhara Kings have been placed in the Group E (South Zone) of the upcoming AFC Cup 2020 that is scheduled to begin on February.
The grouping of the meet held at the AFC House in Malaysian Capital Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (December 10).The BPL Champions will play against TC Sports of Maldives, one of the two Indian clubs -- Chennai City FC or FC Goa and the winners of South Asia Zone play-offs.
Five teams will compete in the South Asia Zone play-offs to confirm their spots in the four-team Group E (South Zone).
The teams are: BPL runners-up and federation cup champions Dhaka Abahani Limited, Indian Super League champions Bengaluru Football Club, former Dhivehi (Maldives) Premier League champions Maziya Sports and Recreation Club, Bhutan Premier League champions Paro Football Club and Sri Lanka Champions League champions Defenders Football Club.
Dhaka Abahani Ltd will play against Maziya S&RC in the home and away basis in the preliminary round 2 of the play-offs on February 5 and 12 while Bengaluru FC will play against the winners of Preliminary round 1.
Bhutanese club Paro FC will play against Sri Lankan club Defenders FC in the double-leg preliminary round 1 on January 22 and 29.
The two winners of the preliminary round 2 will play in the double-leg final of South Asia Zone play-offs on February 19 and 26.A total of 48 Asian clubs -- split into five groups – were taking part in the regional meet.