Bengaluru’s AFC Cup final opponents dealt injury blows

Doha, Nov 4 (IANS) I-League champions Bengaluru FC’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup final opponents Iraq’s Air Force Club are likely to be without influential midfielder Bashar Rasan and centre-back Samal Saaed for the summit clash.

Bengaluru, the first Indian club to feature in an AFC Cup final, will take on the Iraqi side in the final match on November 5.

Midfielder Rasan, 19, recently made his debut for the Iraqi national team. He fast became one of the most important players for the club netting three goals in the continental meet this year.

Saaed played in 10 AFC Cup matches for the Iraqi team and is their first choice centre-back.

On the other hand, Bengaluru will miss the services of goalkeeper Amrinder Singh who is suspended.

Outfield players Shankar Sampingiraj, Darren Caldeira and Lalchhuanmawia Fanai haven’t yet completely recovered from their injuries.

–IANS

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