Kings get new AFC Cup match dates

Sports Correspondent

19 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Reigning Bangladesh Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings will take on Maldivian club Maziya Sports and Recreation Club on June 30 in their opening Group D match of AFC Cup which was earlier postponed, informed the club authority on Tuesday.

Kings will play their second match against the play-off winners of South Asia (between Club Eagles and Bengaluru Football Club) on July 3 while they face Indian team ATK Mohun Bagan on July 6.

The South Asian play-off will be held on June 27. 

However, the venue and time are yet to be decided.

Meanwhile, Asian Football Confederation invited all three participating clubs from Bangladesh, Maldives and India to bid for the host of their group matches by May 28.

Kings President and Bangladesh Football Federation Vice-President Imrul Hassan told the reporters that the new schedule is a positive response from AFC to their letter.

“The new schedule is a positive response from AFC to our letter.  Last year, the meet was cancelled and we suffered a heavy loss. We didn't write to them at that time. But this year, our main target was to play anyhow. We wrote to them and they took initiative. Thanks to AFC.

“The new dates also allow Bishwanath and Eleta to participate in the competition,” he added.

AFC Cup Group D matches were expected to be held this month in Maldives but the hosts postponed the meet on May 9 as their government declared the lockdown and curfew due to the new variant of the Covid-19 outbreak. 

After the sudden decision of postponement, Kings sent a letter to AFC with several propositions and requested them to declare the group champions on May 12.

They also proposed AFC withdraw two Maldivian clubs as their federation was unable to host the matches and to take disciplinary actions against Bengaluru FC as they breached special rules of AFC regarding Covid-19.

Kings also request AFC to investigate or withdraw Mohun Bagan due to their unprofessional behaviour.