They will now journey to Maldvies to tackle hosts Club Eagles subsequent month for the group D fixture.
“The sub-committee also agreed to award the Playoff Stage slot to Club Eagles, who will now face India’s JSW Bengaluru FC for a place in the AFC Cup Group D on May 11, 2021, in Maldives,” Asian Football Confederation (AFC) stated in a press launch on Friday.
BFC had been earlier drawn to play the winners of the match between six-time Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani and Maldives’ Eagles.
However, a national lockdown and journey restrictions in Bangladesh compelled Abahani to withdraw from the event.
“Taking into careful consideration the exceptional circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular the lockdown and travel restrictions in Bangladesh, the Sub-Committee decided that Abahani Limited Dhaka are considered to have withdrawn from the AFC Cup 2021 and that the situation constituted an event of force majeure.”
The AFC additionally introduced that Myanmar golf equipment Hantharwady United FC and Shan United FC have withdrawn from the AFC Cup and AFC Champions League, respectively.
“The AFC Competitions Committee noted and acknowledged the challenges as well as the present complexities caused by the state of emergency in Myanmar and decided that the situation constituted an event of force majeure.”
In gentle of the event, the AFC Competitions Committee has cancelled the Champions League preliminary-stage match between Shan United FC and Melbourne City FC.
“To determine the remaining slots for the 2021 AFC Club Competitions, the AFC Competitions Committee has decided to cancel the AFC Champions League Preliminary Stage match between Shan United FC and Australia’s Melbourne City FC, who will now advance to the playoff stage where they will face Cerezo Osaka from Japan.”
The committee additionally cancelled the AFC Cup playoff-stage match between Hantharwady United FC, who had been initially scheduled to face the winner of the preliminary-stage match between FC Chanthabouly from Laos and Brunei Darussalam’s Kasuka FC.
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The AFC Cup playoff-stage match between Persipura Jayapura and the winner of the preliminary stage tie between Visakha FC and Lalenok United FC has additionally been referred to as off.
“Persipura Jayapura has instead received an automatic entry into Group H in position H4, alongside Kedah Darul Aman from Malaysia, Singapore’s Lion City Sailors FC and Saigon FC from Vietnam, while Visakha FC and Lalenok United FC will compete for a place in Group I.”
In their final outing, BFC thrashed Nepal’s Tribhuvan Army FC 5-0 in Bambolim, Goa.
The fixture was new coach Marco Pezzaiuoli’s first aggressive sport in cost of the Blues, since his appointment as head coach in February.