Because of the deteriorating Coronavirus situation, the Maldives FA has started talks with the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) to postpone the AFC Cup Group D matches. The Maldives’ Minister for Youth, Sports, and Community Empowerment, Ahmed Mahloof, announced the news on social media.

The Significant Increase In Covid Cases

The nation has seen a significant increase in cases since mid-April, and the football association wishes to delay the matches until conditions improve.

The Maldives had 82 cases on April 16, with a seven-day total of 84 cases per day. However, the figures have risen dramatically since then, with 734 new cases recorded in the country on May 5. The figures are increasing at an unprecedented pace, prompting the Maldives FA to insist that the games be postponed.

Since Bangladesh’s Abahani Dhaka Limited had already withdrawn from the tournament due to the country’s deteriorating condition, Bengaluru FC was scheduled to face Club Eagles in a playoff match on May 11 in Male, Maldives.

“The sub-committee also decided to give Club Eagles the Playoff Stage spot. They will now face India’s JSW Bengaluru FC. The competition will be for a place in the AFC Cup Group D on May 11, 2021, in the Maldives. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced in a press release on Friday.

It remains to be seen if this match will take place as planned.

The winner of this match will be joined in Group D by ATK Mohun Bagan, Basundhara Kings (Bangladesh), and Maziya (Maldives). The group stages were set to begin on May 14 in Male.

The Mariners were scheduled to begin training on April 26 in Kolkata. Due to a surge in cases in India, their international contingent, as well as coach Antonio Habas, has not arrived.

Fijian Roy Krishna’s involvement is in question due to the Pacific Island nation’s lockout.

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