Brunei potential club drawn against Lao Toyota in AFC Cup qualifying

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam potential club representative have been drawn against Lao’s Lao Toyota in the preliminary round of the 2021 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup qualification round.

The club which will represent Brunei in Asia’s second tier competition is yet to be determined following the cancellation of the Brunei Super League (BSL) and the FA Cup not organised due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two domestic competitions would have served as a qualification process for eligible clubs to win a place in the 2021 AFC Cup.

Four local clubs – DPMM FC, Indera SC, Kota Ranger FC and Kasuka FC – are eligible to take part in the AFC-sanctioned tournament after they were added into the list of licensed clubs for the 2021 AFC Cup

The tie is slated to be held either on April 27 and 28 next year in an unconfirmed venue, with the qualifying period set to be between April 4 and May 19.

Lao Toyota earned their berth in the qualifying round after they emerged champions of the 2020 Lao Premier League in September.

The winner of the match will meet Myanmar’s Hantharwady United in the play-off round either on May 18 or 19 for a place in the main draw.

A total of 14 teams will vie for a place alongside 35 other entrants in the group stage. The group stage of the competition is expected to commence from May 14 to November 26.

Each of the four qualifying winners including two slots from the ASEAN zone will book a place in the group stage of the AFC Cup.

Meanwhile, Cambodia’s Visakha will play Timor Leste outfit Lalenok United in the other ASEAN zone tie.

The other preliminary round ties see Hong Kong’s Lee Man taking on Mongolia’s Athletic 220 while Macau’s Chao Pak Kei will face Taiwan’s Tatung in the East Asia zone.

In the South Asia zone, India’s Bengaluru will play against the winner between a yet-to-be determined Sri Lankan club and Bhutan’s Thimpu City while Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka will take on Maldives’ Eagles.

Earlier this year, Brunei Darussalam have been reserved a slot to make an appearance in the 2021 AFC Cup.

Indera SC tasted continental football in a playoff match against General Aung San winners Yangon United in the cancelled 2020 edition after meeting club licensing requirements.