Indian Football

Bengaluru FC's 2021 AFC Cup Play-Off Game Indefinitely Postponed States a Report

Arjun Singh Devgan
Bengaluru FC's game in AFC Cup Play-off has been postponed as of now
Bengaluru FC's game in AFC Cup Play-off has been postponed as of now / MANJUNATH KIRAN/Getty Images

Bengaluru FC's AFC Cup play-off match, scheduled to be held on April 28, has been indefinitely postponed as the preliminary game to decide their opponents is yet to take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bengaluru who thrashed Nepal's Tribhuvan Army FC 5-0 in Bambolim, Goa, were set 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 April 14 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka but the countrywide lockdown due to the pandemic forced the hosts to suspend the match. The game was then scheduled to take place on 21 April, this time in Kathmandu - but travel restrictions once again came in the way, and it was called off.

"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. Their match was rescheduled for April 21 but today is April 23, two days have passed and we don't know the status of that game. So it's not possible for BFC to play on April 28," a report in ESPN stated.

According to the official website of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the fixtures of Bengaluru currently stand postponed, with there being no update on when they will next be seen in action.