AFC Cup: No miracle for KDA FC, TFC


KUALA LUMPUR – There’s no miracle for Kedah Darul Aman (KDA) FC Terengganu FC (TFC) as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today officially cancelled all matches of its ASEAN zone AFC Cup 2021 comprising Groups G, H and I, as well as the competition’s playoff stage.

In a statement today, the AFC confirmed the cancellation due to the challenges imposed by the global pandemic in finding a suitable host to stage the centralised matches.

However, it sad the matches of the AFC Cup 2021 across the remaining zones will continue to maintain the overall structure of the competition giving due consideration to the existing format as well as the availability of centralised hosts in each zone.

Last Monday, the AFC secretary-general Datuk Windsor Paul John told Bernama that the Asian football governing body had until today to receive offers from any parties to host the group matches, which were supposed to be held from June 29 to July 6, before a decision regarding their cancellation could be finalised.

For the ASEAN zone AFC Cup competition, KDA FC and TFC are in Group H and Group I respectively.

In May, Singapore withdrew from hosting Groups H and I of the AFC Cup 2021 following the uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) were previously reported to have said they were not keen on hosting the two group matches for the same reason.

Meanwhile, the AFC also announced the AFC Cup knockout stage draw originally scheduled for today has been postponed tentatively to Aug 4.