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Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC will want to make India proud in AFC Cup this yearBengaluru FC

The 13th edition of AFC Cup gets under way Wednesday and two Indian sides -- Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC -- will be taking part in the highly-coveted continental competition.

Defending I-League champions Mohun Bagan made history earlier this year by becoming the first ever Indian football club to pick up a win in the AFC Champions League, as they defeated well-known Singapore outfit Tampines Rovers in their first match. The Kolkata giants however succumbed to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chinese side Shandong Luneng in their second preliminary round match, dropping them down to the AFC Cup.

Nevertheless, the confidence Mohun Bagan bagged from their first victory in the prestigious continental competititon will stand them in good stead as they look to go far in the AFC Cup 2016.

Mohun Bagan have been drawn alongside South China, Yangon United and Maziya in the Group G of the competition. The top two sides from each of the eight groups progress to the knockout stages of the AFC Cup.

Bengaluru FC, the defending Federation Cup champions, know all about qualifying to the knockout rounds of the AFC Cup. The Blues, who made their debut in I-League 2013-14, finished second in their group in the continental competition last year, but lost to South China in the first stage of the knockouts.

This year, however, Ashley Westwood's army will want to go further. Bengaluru FC have been grouped with Johor, Toyota FC and Ayeyawady United in Group H of Asia Cup 2016.

Both Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC will play six matches each in the group stage in an effort to seal qualification to the next round. Presently, both sides occupy a top three place in the I-League 2016 table.

Asia Cup 2016 schedule:

Mohun Bagan

Date  Team A   Team B Time  Venue
Feb. 24 Mohun Bagan v Maziya 7 pm IST Indira Gandhi Stadium, Guwahati
March 9 South China v Mohun Bagan 5:30 pm IST Mongkok Stadium, Hong Kong
March 16 Mohun Bagan v Yangon United 7 pm IST Indira Gandhi Stadium, Guwahati
April 13 Yangon United v Mohun Bagan 3 pm IST Youth Training Centre, Yangon
April 27 Maziya v Mohun Bagan 4:30 pm IST National Stadium, Male
May 11 Mohun Bagan v South China 7 pm IST Indira Gandhi Stadium, Guwahati

Bengaluru FC

Date Team A   Team B Time Venue
Feb. 24 Toyota FC v Bengaluru FC 4:30 pm IST National Sports Complex
March 9 Bengaluru FC v Johor 7 pm IST Kanteerava Stadium
March 16 Ayeyawady United v Bengaluru FC TBD Pathein Stadium
April 13 Bengaluru FC v Ayeyawady United 7 pm IST Kanteerava Stadium
April 27 Bengaluru FC v Toyota FC 7 pm IST Kanteerava Stadium
May 11 Johor  v Bengaluru FC TBD Larkin Stadium
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