- Justin Grimm
2020 AFC Cup Abandoned
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After several delays and rounds of rescheduling, the Asian Football Confederation announced today that the remainder of the 2020 AFC Cup has been cancelled because of logistical impossibilities caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While much of the world's football has resumed, albeit with no or limited fans in attendance, the AFC said coordinating the confederation's five zones made it impossible to resume the tournament.
The news deals another blow to Ulaanbaatar City FC who were set to finally to their first taste of continental football. Ulaanbaatar City has struggled in the Premier League this season after government travel restrictions by the Mongolian government has forced teams to compete without their foreign players, including many whom UB City splashed big cash to sign in the offseason.
In addition to the AFC Cup, the executive committee also decided to cancel the 2020 AFC Solidarity Cup, a decision which may also influence the number of matches for the Mongolian senior national team for the remainder of the year. The tournament for developing nations will resume in 2024, as planned.