The AFC Cup play-off match of the Indian club Bengaluru FC, which is to take place on April 28, has been postponed indefinitely, as the preliminary game to solve their opponents will take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BFC, runners-up in 2016, were drawn to play the winners of the match between the six-time Premier League champions of Bangladesh Abahani and the Maldives Eagles.
Abahani was scheduled to host the Eagles on April 14th at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, but a nationwide blockade due to the pandemic forced the hosts to suspend the match.
The match was then scheduled for April 21 in Kathmandu, but travel restrictions intervened.
“At the moment you can say that the next BFC match is postponed indefinitely. BFC cannot play until the other game is played, as they have to meet the winner in that game,” said a source close to BFC in PTI on Friday.
“Their match was scheduled for April 21, but today is April 23, two days have passed and we do not know the status of this game. So it is not possible for BFC to play on April 28,” he added.
The BFC match is postponed, as stated on the website of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). According to the leading newspaper in Bangladesh, the Daily Star, the AFC asked Abahani if they could play their preliminary match against the Eagles in India.
On their last outing, the BFC defeated Nebali Tribhuvan Army FC 5-0 in Bambolim, Goa. The match was the first competitive game for new coach Marco Petzajouli, in charge of the Blues, since his appointment as head coach in February.
Bengaluru FC have been in Goa for a little over four weeks and live in a bio-protected balloon.