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AFC Cup 2020 postpones all matches until April-end due to concerns over Covid-19

21:07 | 20/03/2020

The Asian Football Confederation has decided to postpone all matches in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup tournament, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit sporting events around the world.

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afc cup 2020 postpones all matches until april end due to concerns over covid 19
Vietnam was the only team flying the ASEAN flag in the quarterfinal stages of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 and the impressive performance of the Golden Dragon was praised by the organizer.

A total of four matches involving two Vietnamese representatives in the have been delayed amid concerns over the complicated developments of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) globally.

The AFC made the announcement on March 18 regarding the postponement of all matches in March and April.

This schedule change will affect matches involving Than Quang Ninh FC, who had originally been set to take on Svay Rieng FC of Cambodia and Bali United FC of Indonesia during April.

In addition, Ho Chi Minh City FC find themselves in a similar situation with their games against Lao Toyota FC of Laos and Yangon United Myanmar now pushed back to a later date after originally being planned to take place in April. The new schedule is set to be announced at a later date.

With the competition currently in the group stages, Ho Chi Minh City FC are leading Group F with seven points from three matches, whilst Than Quang Ninh FC are second in Group G with four points from three matches.

Previously, the AFC and FIFA had agreed on March 9 to put off all fixtures in March and June that involve World Cup 2022 qualifiers in the Asian region, the AFC Champions League, and the AFC Cup 2020 in Western Asia.

The coronavirus outbreak has had a major impact on football across Asia, with the start of the Chinese Super League and the K-League in South Korea suspended indefinitely while Japan's J-League was halted after the opening round of matches.

The Asian Champions League, the region's leading club competition, has also been severely affected, with the schedule of the group phase thrown into disarray since the tournament kicked off in early February.

Not only the King sport, but other sporting calenders worldwide are also wreaked by the pandemic including Formula 1, Formula E, Motorcycling, Golf, Cricket among others.
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