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This year’s AFC Cup ‘likely’ to cancel

 Sports Desk

 Published: 05:48 PM, 10 September 2020  



The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is considering canceling the AFC Cup 2020 this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The second-tier club competition in the region has been closed since March. The competition is set to begin anew next month in four host countries. However, teams from three of the nine groups will be deprived of the privilege of playing in their home matches.

Hachem Haidar of Lebanon, a member of the executive committee of the AFC, said a suggestion would be made to cancel the competition. The suggestion will be presented at the meeting of the executive committee via video link.

The meeting will also discuss the AFC Champions League, the biggest tournament in the region. The competition has been closed since March. No host nation of the eight groups has yet given the “green light” to host the matches, he added. 

However, AFC general secretary Windsor John said last week that he was optimistic about completing the Champions League this year.

The Covid-19 pandemic is still raging around the world and several Asian countries are constantly battling with the deadly virus.