Here's why Bengaluru FC have finally decided to take the Maldives flight...

Tanuj Agarwal  |  AFC Cup  |  1 Year Ago

After becoming the first ISL side to make into the Semifinal, Bengaluru FC have hit the headlines again as they’ve decided to go on with the trip to Maldives amid the political and Internal unrest in the region, despite MEA directing the Federation Cup winners otherwise. The government told the club to “strictly adhere” to the MEA’s travel advisory issued on February 5, in which Indian nationals have been advised to “defer all non-essential travels to the island nation until further notice”.


The directive came a day after MNDF (Maldives National Defence Force) promised to extend all support to Bengaluru FC for their playoff match against TC Sports Club at Male National Football Stadium. The match is schedule to kickoff on Tuesday, before which the team was to travel to Male today afternoon.


It’s also reported that the MEA also got in touch with AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das to discuss further on the issue. It’s believed that AIFF and Bengaluru FC both have contacted AFC to reschedule the fixture, but have heard nothing back as yet.

Concerned about getting a 3-0 walkover for No-Show, Bengaluru FC has decided to go on with the schedule to continue their reign in the Asian football. This will be Bengaluru FC’s fourth straight continental tournament, wherein this time Coach Albert Roca and the management is confident that their side is going to go high up or possibly win the tournament, thanks to ISL. 


If Bengaluru didn’t appear in the Tuesday fixture, it’d get pragmatically impossible for the home side to score at least four times with a clean sheet at Kanteerava on 20th February. 

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