April 25 – Chinese Taipei has pulled out of hosting AFC Cup 2022 Group J matches in Tainan due to a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.
The centralised group games had been scheduled for East Zone clubs to be played June 24 to 30.
“The AFC acknowledged the challenges caused by the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions imposed as a result of the growing cases in Chinese Taipei,” said the regional governing body in a statement.
The AFC Cup is the confederations second tier club competition for developing nations that fail to qualify cub sides for the Champions League. The competition managed to complete its season in 2021 having been prematurely ended in 2020 when Covid hit.
The AFC said that with the withdrawal of Chinese Taipei as hosts it has begun the process of selecting a new host.
East Zone clubs drawn in Group J are MUST CPK of Macau, Hong Kong sides Eastern Long Lions and Lee Man and Chinese Taipei’s Tainan City FC.
The group winner qualifies for the Inter-Zone Semi-Final.
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