Covid surge forces Chinese Taipei to drop hosting AFC Cup group


Apr.25 – Chinese Taipei have pulled out of hosting 2022 AFC Cup Group J matches in Tainan due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Centralized group matches had been scheduled for clubs in the East Zone for June 24-30.

“The AFC has recognized the challenges caused by the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions imposed following the increase in cases in Chinese Taipei,” the regional governing body said in a statement. .

The AFC Cup is the confederations’ second-tier club competition for developing countries that fail to qualify underlings for the Champions League. The competition managed to finish its season in 2021 after being prematurely ended in 2020 when Covid hit.

The AFC said that with the withdrawal of Chinese Taipei as hosts, it has started the process of selecting a new host.
The East Zone clubs drawn in Group J are MUST CPK from Macau, Hong Kong teams Eastern Long Lions and Lee Man and Tainan City FC from Chinese Taipei.

The winner of the group qualifies for the inter-zone semi-final.

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