In a welcome move for the teams who rely heavily on their foreign based players, the AFC has decided to postpone the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 finals to May.
Earlier the tournament was scheduled to kick off in March in Maldives. But at the request of the Philippines Football Federation president, AFC Challenge Cup will now take place in the third week of March. The football season in the Europe concludes by mid of May thus relieving players for national duty.
The Azkals (Philippines football team) have put up a decent performance after adopting the policy of getting Filipino players from abroad to play for the national team. They have managed to qualify for the semi-finals of the previous edition of AFC Challenge Cup and AFF Suzuki Cup in 2012.
Afghanistan is another team that will be relieved with the decision. After their recent victory in the SAFF Championship with the help of foreign based players, the Afghanistan football team will be one of the top contenders of the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 tournament.
The official announcement about the postponement has not been made yet.