Bengaluru to take on 4.25 SC in knock-outs

Bengaluru to take on 4.25 SC in knock-outs

Last year’s runners-up Bengaluru FC will face April 25 Sports Club of North Korea in their two-legged inter-zone play-off semifinals of the AFC Cup in August and September.

Bengaluru will host the North Korean side in the first leg on August 23, before heading to Pyongyang for the second leg on September 13.

This was announced at the draw of the knockout stages of the AFC Cup, the continent’s second tier club competition, in Kuala Lumpur.

If Bengaluru win the tie, they will take on the winner of the other inter-zone semifinals play-off between FC Istiklol of Tajikistan and ASEAN Zonal champion in the inter-zone final.

The winner of this inter-zone final will, in the grand finale, take on the winner of the west Asian zone final between reigning champions Air Force Club of Iraq and Al Wahda of Syria.

If Bengaluru can go all the way to the title round, the Sree Kanteerava stadium will be the venue for the summit clash as the 2017 AFC Cup final will be hosted by the winner of the inter-zone play-off on November 4.

Bengaluru had booked a knockout stage berth after finishing as Group E winners.