KUALA LAMPUR: Sri Lanka Air Force have been pitted against the league champions of Turkmenistan and Nepal during the draw for the 10th and last edition finals of the AFC President’s Cup 2014 took place at AFC House here today.
Sri Lanka Air Force, who finished second in Group A during the qualifiers, sensationally outwitting last year’s finalists KRL Football Club of Pakistan, will face FC HTTU, the Turkmenistan debutant in the finals, as well as Nepali giants Manang Marsyangdi Club (MMC), who participated in the 2006 finals held in Kuching Malaysia.
The Nepali league champions, MMC had qualified for the Finals as the Group ‘C’ winners with four points from the qualifiers held in Mongolia in May. After thrashing Combodian outfit Svarieng 6-3, MMC had played a 0-0 draw with Mongolia’s Erchim FC to top the group on superior goal difference against the hosts.
The Sri Lankans will begin their campaign against MMC on September 20 and two days later they face HTTU. MMC and HTTU will play on September 21. All the matches will take place at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo with the final scheduled for September 26.
In Group B, the competition’s highest ranked side Shaikh Russel Krira Chakra from Bangladesh meet seven-time Mongolian league champions Erchim and DPR Korea debutant Rimyongsu FC, who finished behind FC HTTU in the qualifiers.
The tournament will
be played in September with the group winners facing each other in the final to determine the 10th and the last winner of the competition. The AFC President’s Cup started in 2005 with Nepal hosting the finals. The Colombo final will be the last edition of the competition which will be superseded by the AFC Cup qualifiers from 2015 onwards.