Monday, May 14, 2007

2007 AFC President's Cup in Pakistan postponed?

The AFC President's Cup, the Asian Football Confederation's third-level club competition after its AFC Champions League, has been reportedly postponed from 17-27 May to an unknown date. A spokesman of the Pakistan Football Federation told APP that the eight nation tournament has been postponed "due to situation beyond control of AFC and PFF" and that "fresh dates will be announced later when received by AFC."

The unnamed official speculated that the postponement could have been caused by Bhutan not furnishing the names of its team's players by the AFC Cup deadline. "The situation left PFF in trouble as they have to arrange visas for the visiting team and it was not possible to do so in the given time frame," APP surmised.

However the AFC has recently adopted a tough line on similar breaches of regulations by refusing to allow the team concerned to participate in the tournament. Perhaps the current political instability and violent street demonstrations in Pakistan are more significant factors.

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