AFC Cup Fixture update

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The AFC Cup matches for clubs from Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan have been delayed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Today though the CTFA have released the revised fixture dates for these matches. 

Games delayed by months 

Here is what the CTFA statement said on the new fixture dates (a google translate translation);

Today, the CTFA received the AFC notice that the AFC Cup qualifiers between Taipower and  Ulaanbaatar City have been postponed till April, with Group I beginning in May.

Due to the recent impact of the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic, almost all countries in East Asia have spread out, and each country has adopted different preventive measures for epidemic prevention.

Taipower match with the Mongolians which was originally scheduled for the 5th and 12th February but with the Taipower side unable to enter the country because of Mongolian government border control measures this was postponed.

Today the Chinese Taipei Football Association received an official letter from the AFC stating that the AFC Cup East Asian Games have been postponed.

The AFC wrote today that the CTFA in the view of the severe pneumonia epidemic in Wuhan, many associations have reported to the AFC that they cannot successfully run the AFC Cup.

After consideration, the AFC decided to adjust the AFC Cup East Asian schedule. Last year's (2019) runners-up Taipower, qualifier will be postponed till April 7th and 14th and the Mongolian League champion team Ulaanbaatar City FC will play home first in the two-legged match.

The winning side will then play on April 21st and 28th against Hong Kong Premier League team Kitchee for the last place in Group I.

Group I will then begin on May 6th as Tai Po the champions of Hong Kong host Taipower, Ulaanbaatar City or Kitchee. 

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