Kings ready to take on Maziya


Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Champions Bashundhara Kings will take on Dhivehi Premier League (Maldives) champions Maziya Sports and Recreation Club in their first Group D (South Asia Zone) match of AFC Cup 2021 on May 14 at National Football Stadium in Maldives.

Kings will face the winners of play-offs South Asia on May 17 while they take on Indian Super League team ATK Mohun Bagan on May 20, both at the same venue.

Six-time BPL Champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd will play Club Eagles from Maldives in their qualifying play-offs (preliminary round 2) on April 14 in Dhaka.

Indian club Bengaluru Football Club will play the other match against Nepal Army on the same day.

The winners of these two matches will lock horns for the play-offs South Asia spot on April 21.

Club Eagles and Nepal Army reached in the preliminary round 2 beating Thimphu City of Bhutan and Sri Lanka Police by 2-0 and 5-1 goals in their respective matches of preliminary round 1 on Wednesday on the first matchday of AFC Cup 2021.

"We have already informed the AFC about the government's decision of lockdown which necessitates foreigners to follow a 14-day quarantine period. Abahani also sent a letter to the AFC informing of their inability to host their opponents during the lockdown. We are still waiting for a reply from the AFC," said BFF competition manager Zaber Bin Taher Ansari.