Kings remaining games likely in Maldives

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:41, Jul 18,2020


Bangladesh Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings are likely to play their remaining five Group E matches of the AFC Cup 2020 in Maldives, the only nation to show interest to host the games among the  three countries of the four participating clubs in the group.

‘We’ve officially submitted our bid to host AFC Cup 2020 group stage,’ Football Association of Maldives president Bassam Adeel Jaleel twitted on July 17, AFC’s deadline for submitting an application.

On July 3, AFC asked the four Group E clubs to express interest if they wanted to host the remainder of their group-stage by July 17.

In response, Kings forwarded a letter to AFC and Bangladesh Football Federation on July 5, refusing to host the games and expressing their unwillingness to play in India.

Indian outfit Chennai City FC also did not apply to host the games at a single venue amid COVID-19 pandemic, Kings media manager Ahmed Shaek confirmed New Age on Saturday.

Both the remaining Group E teams, Maziya Sports and Recreation Club and TC Sports Club, hail from Maldives.

AFC will officially announce the host on July 30.

Kings thrashed TC Sports 5-1 in their first-ever appearance in the Asian Club competition at home on March 11 before the AFC postponed the competition on March 18 due to the pandemic.

Kings will play Maziya twice on October 23 and November 4 and taken on Chennai FC on October 26 and 29 before facing TC Sports on November 1.

The 12 games of this group were originally scheduled to be completed by June 17.

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