Lebanon’s goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil (left), reacts after Saudi midfielder Hussain al-Mogahwi, (center), score his goal during the AFC Asian Cup group E match on January 12, 2019. (AP).

This year’s edition of Asia’s second-tier AFC Cup club competition has actually been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the continent’s governing body for soccer stated in a declaration on Thursday.

The competition, in which teams from more small countries in Asia take part, had actually been suspended given that March due to the novel coronavirus crisis and was originally set up to resume this month in central locations.

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” In view of the logistics in collaborating the five zones of the AFC Cup and finishing the Inter Zone matches, the AFC Executive Committee likewise concurred that the pandemic created intricacies which made up a Force Majeure occasion and, with sadness, resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 competitors,” the Asian Football Confederation said.