Male sends word to Bengaluru FC: Match on schedule, come and play
Despite the political chaos on the island, Male has confirmed it’ll host Tuesday’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup match between Bengaluru FC and Maldivian TC Sports Club. The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), in a letter to AFC, has assured its “highest consideration” to Bengaluru FC.
Promising all help to India’s high membership, Lt Colonel Ahmed Thohir, Principal Director, Directorate of Administration and Personnel Services, assured the continental physique that the sport at Male’s National Stadium will happen as scheduled. The AFC, in flip, conveyed the affirmation to Bengaluru FC.
The MNDF letter, dated February 8, said: “This is to certify that the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) will be providing the required and necessary assistance and support to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Football Association of Maldives for the upcoming match of Bangalore FC of India against TC Sports Club of Maldives to be played on 13th February 2018 in Male City in AFC Cup qualifying 2018. MNDF assures its highest consideration in the above matter.”
Bengaluru FC’s Chief Technical Officer Mandar Tamhane stated the crew will depart for Male Sunday. “We had approached AFC through the All India Football Federation to check the status of the match and if it is safe for us to play there in the prevailing circumstances. We have been assured by the AFC that it is safe and the match will go ahead as scheduled.” Tamhane informed The Indian Express.
Bengaluru FC takes on TC Sports Club within the first leg of their playoff match Tuesday, with the return fixture to be performed in Bengaluru on February 20. The winner will progress to the group stage of the continental membership competitors.