ISL 2017 schedule will be re-jigged because of Bengaluru FC’s AFC Cup commitments

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The ISL will have change its schedule owing to Bengaluru FC participating in the AFC Cup…

On December 6th in Kuala Lumpur, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the draw for the AFC Cup 2017-18 season.

India’s Bengaluru FC, who won the Federation Cup last season at the expense of Mohun Bagan, will play their preliminary two-legged fixture against Bhutan’s Transport United on January 23rd (away) and 30th (home) respectively.

As a consequence, their midweek away fixture in the Indian Super League (ISL) against Chennaiyin FC which is currently scheduled for 31st January will have to be postponed.

Should Bengaluru FC win their tie against the Bhutanese opponents, they would then take part in the play-off which is scheduled for February 13th (away) and 20th (home). Sandwiched between the two play-offs is their home game against FC Pune City on the 16th.

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Also AFC Cup’s Group E fixtures are to kick-start from March 6 onward. If the JSW-owned franchise make it into the ISL play-offs, it will be interesting to see if the fixtures do not clash with the two-legged semi-finals scheduled to take place in the second week of March.