The second round of the Afghanistan Champions League has been delayed because of national football matches in the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in June, the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) announced on Monday.
Before this, the league was stopped during Ramadan but was expected to start on Sunday.
“The second round of the league was delayed over upcoming important matches of the national football team in the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers,” AFF said.
The national team will leave Kabul for the UAE in the three days for training camp and two friendly matches against Indonesia and Singapore, it said.
The statement said that the remaining 48 matches of the Afghanistan Champions League will kick off off from June 20 with the participation of the 12 top clubs from six zones of the country.
After two weeks in the UAE, the team will fly to Qatar to prepare for the Afghanistan Champions League and will play against Bangladesh on June 3, it said.
The team will also play against Oman and India in the competitions in June, according to the statement.
The clubs competing in the Afghanistan’s Champions League are: Khost's Cloub Atalan, Parwan’s Jabal Siraj, Laghman’s Jawanan, Kabul’s Istiqlal, Herat’s Sorkh Poshan, Helmand’s Esmat Laghmani, Farah’s Abu Muslim, Takhar’s Mawj Sahel, Kandahar’s Aino Mina, Sar-e-Pul’s Khadim FC, Kunduz’s Wahidy and Faryab’s Khurasan.