Pune FC to play AFC Champions League play-off

The Red Lizards will represent India in the continent’s elite competition this season…

After wandering for two seasons, India have been awarded a play-off spot in the Asian Champions League.

As earlier reported by Goal back in May this year, Pune FC, the runner-up and not reigning I-League champions, Churchill Brothers shall represent India in the Asian Champions League play-off.

The Goan club had missed out on sending the club licensing documents in time and following an internal assessment by the I-League, only Pune FC fulfilled the basic norms expected of a professional club.

Meanwhile two slots in the AFC Cup have also been allocated with Churchill Brothers being one of the participants while the other being Pune FC should they fail to make it past the play-offs and in case they do, East Bengal, who finished third in the league, would fill in the second spot.

Dempo SC were the last Indian Club to play in the Play-offs of the AFC Champions League in 2011 where they lost to Qatar Stars League heavyweights Al Sadd.

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