AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC's play-off match indefinitely postponed, says report
Abahani were scheduled to host Eagles on April 14 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka but the countrywide lockdown due to the pandemic forced the hosts to suspend the match.
New Delhi: Indian club Bengaluru FC's AFC Cup play-off match, scheduled to be held on 28 April, has been indefinitely postponed as the preliminary game to decide their opponents is yet to take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BFC, runners-up in 2016, were drawn to play the winners of the match between six-time Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani and Maldives' Eagles.
Abahani were scheduled to host Eagles on 14 April at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka but the countrywide lockdown due to the pandemic forced the hosts to suspend the match.
The match was then scheduled for 21 April in Kathmandu but travel restrictions came in the way.
"As of now you can say that BFC's next match stands indefinitely postponed. BFC can't play till the other game is played as they are supposed to meet the winner of that game," a source close to BFC told PTI on Friday.
"Their match was rescheduled for 21 April but today is 23 April, two days have passed and we don't know the status of that game. So it's not possible for BFC to play on 28 April," he added.
BFC's match stands postponed, as per the fixtures on the website of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
According to leading Bangladesh newspaper Daily Star, the AFC has asked Abahani if they can play their preliminary stage match against the Eagles in India.
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