Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Kelantan to play Indonesian club in AFC Cup

A Malaysian team will return to play in Indonesia next year after Super League champions Kelantan were grouped with Arema Indonesia in the AFC Cup draw in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Kelantan can expect a hot reception when they travel to Malang, East Java to face Arema in a Group H match next April following Malaysia's win over Indonesia in the Sea Games final last month.

The Sea Games squad were relentlessly jeered and insulted while the team bus came under attack by Indonesian fans in dramatic  scenes before the final at the Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta.

Kelantan open their campaign on March 6 or 7 against Navibank Saigon of Vietnam in Kota Baru, travel to Ayeyawady United of Myanmar two weeks later before hosting Arema on April 3-4.

The return fixture against Arema follows a week later before Kelantan round off the preliminary round against Navibank away on April 24-25 and at home to Ayeyawady on May 8-9.

FA Cup winners Terengganu, who were originally due to play Ayeyawady in a playoff, found themselves in the main draw after the withdrawal of China's Liaoning Whowin and the disqualification of Indonesia's Persipura Jayapura from the 2012 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off East Asian zone.

That created two vacancies in the AFC Cup main draw and Terengganu were one of the beneficiaries.

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