Indian Football

AFC Cup: Indian giants ATK Mohun Bagan to face Blue Star SC in playoff stage

Arjun Singh Devgan
AFC Asia Cup is one of the biggest tournaments in Aisa
AFC Asia Cup is one of the biggest tournaments in Aisa / KHALED DESOUKI/GettyImages

Indian footballing giants, ATK Mohun Bagan will face Sri Lankan side Blue Star SC in the Preliminary Round two of the AFC Cup playoffs in the Preliminary Round two at the Salt Lake Stadium on Tuesday, 12 April.

ATK Mohun Bagan secured a berth in the AFC Cup playoffs after finishing third in the Indian Super League (ISL) in the recently concluded season, with the Mariners eventually losing in the semifinals to eventual champions, Hyderabad FC.

Their opponents on April 12 are the current champions of the Sri Lankan Super League 2021-22 season, with Banda Samarakoon's side edging past Machhindra FC 2-1 in the first round of the playoffs to set up a clash with the Indian footballing giants.

Mohun Bagan for their part have a long road ahead of them if they are to qualify for the AFC Cup group stage. If they manage to get past Blue Star SC they will have to beat the winner of the other playoff tie between Abahani Limited Dhaka and Club Valencia of Maldives to reach the group stage where they will be placed in Group D alongside Bashundhara Kings of Bangladesh, Maziya of Maldives and Hero I-League champions Gokulam Kerala.

In Juan Ferrando, they have a head coach who has vast experience and one who has been brilliant for the Mariners ever since he took charge of the team mid-season and the Spaniard will be looking to put up a strong show in their upcoming fixtures, as they chart a course to put India back on the Asia footballing map.