The Blues will be looking to join rival club ATK Mohun Bagan in the AFC Cup group stage …
Bengaluru FC will fight for a place in Group D of the 2021 AFC Cup when they take on Club Eagles or Maldives at the Maldives National Football Stadium on Sunday, in an AFC Cup play-off match.
The Blues won the preliminary round 5-0 against the Nepalese army in April, which was Marco Pezzaiuoli’s first game in charge of the Blues. Meanwhile, Club Eagles beat Bhutan’s Thimphu FC 2-0 to reach the play-offs.
The group stage of the competition will also take place between 18 and 24 August in the Maldives and will involve ATK Mohun Bagan (India), Maziya S&RC (Maldives) and Bashundhara Kings (Bangladesh) in Group D.
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Initially to be played in India in April, the match was postponed due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country before the Maldives accepted FA in May.
However, the match was postponed to a later date after some members of the Bengaluru FC team had it allegedly violated COVID-19 protocols in the island nation.
A win over the Eagles on Sunday will see the Blues take on Indian Super League (ISL) rivals ATK Mohun Bagan in their first Group D match on Wednesday.
|Games||Bengaluru FC vs Club Eagles|
|Date||Sunday, August 15|
Fans can get a glimpse of the action as Bengaluru FC will broadcast the match live on BFC TV – the club’s official YouTube channel.
|TV channels||Online streaming|
Bengaluru FC traveled to the Maldives with a team of 29 men, while Alan Costa, Cleiton Silva and Yrondu Musavu-King were the three foreigners in the team.
New Indian signatures such as Bidyashagar Singh, Danish Farooq, Jayesh Rane, Sarthak Golui and Rohit Kumar, in addition to four members of the club’s development group, have also been included.
Pezzaiuoli has revealed that Congolese forward Prince Ibara has been left out due to an infection while Edmund Lalrindika and Harmanpreet Singh have sustained injuries. “I have 26 players we can choose from, and we want to advance to the next stage of this competition,” said the coach.
Bengaluru FC -span:
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Lara Sharma, Sharon Padattil
Defenders: Pratik Chaudhari, Wungngayam Muirang, Ajith Kumar, Ashique Kuruniyan, Parag Shrivas, Yrondu Musavu-King, Biswa Darjee, Alan Costa, Sarthak Golui
Midfielders: Suresh Wangjam, Namgyal Bhutia, Jayesh Rane, Danish Farooq, Rohit Kumar, Muhammad Inayath, Ajay Chhetri
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva, Leon Augustine, Naorem Roshan Singh, Bidyashagar Singh, Sivasakthi Narayanan, Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh
Club Eagles team:
Goalkeepers: Mohamed Sinnahu, Mohammad Taha
Defenders: Haisham Hassan, Humaid Hussain, Ahmed Numaan, Elsayed Mahmoud, Hussian Sifaau, Hisam Saleem
Midfielders: Areen Abdulla Ibrahim, Ali Solah, Ahmed Samah, Zain Zafar, Hassan Aleef Ibrahim, Mohamed Aflaam Ali, Hussain Ahusam Moosa, Hamdann Abdul Sattar, Shaifulla Ibrahim, Mossa Abdulla Sameeh, Mohamed Nain, Hassan Raid Ahmed, Imran Nasheed
Forwards: Riham Abdul Ghanee, Ahmed Rizuvan, Ashadh Ali Mohamed Osama Saber Elshihy