Bengaluru FC travels to Maldives for AFC Cup playoff

Despite ongoing political turmoil Bengaluru FC leave for Maldives for AFC Cup tie

ISL leaders Bengaluru FC reached Male City on Sunday to play their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup match against TC Sports Club on February 13.

The Blues are set to play TC Sports Club in Male in the first leg of the playoffs for AFC Cup 2018 group stage qualification.

There's something about the AFC Cup and Bengaluru FC and its tendency to send them to places that are not exactly tourist hotspots. The government, on Saturday, had warned the Indian club to avoid travelling to Maldives, which has been in the state of emergency since February 5. So, Bengaluru FC will have to play this match on Tuesday in Male.

Tamhane explained that the MEA had issued "an advisory, not a travel ban".

However, ESPN understands that the club was left with no choice after having written to AFC earlier in the week and not received any clarification about the status of the match. Last week, the Ministry of External Affairs had asked Indian nationals to defer travel to Maldives because of the recent political developments there. "Bengaluru FC is advised to adhere to it strictly and defer their proposed visit to Maldives".

But the Asian Football Confederation has not chose to postpone the game, and the Maldives government has extended an invitation to Bengaluru FC to play the game as per schedule.

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