The AFC Challenge Cup draw took place at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur today. The results are as follows:
Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh*, Macau/Mongolia
Turkmenistan, The Philippines, Bhutan, Maldives*
Nepal*, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine
Sri Lanka*, Pakistan, Chinese Taipei, Brunei Darussalam
As the two lowest ranked participants, Macau and Mongolia will undergo a playoff in March. Palestine have been drawn into an interesting group, especially as theyll be facing Kyrgyzstan who knocked them out of the quarterfinals with a last minute goal in the 2006 edition of the tournament. The winner of each group and the best second placed team will qualify to the finals to join Tajikstan, DPR Korea and India in the 8 team tournament. The qualifiers will be held in early April with a detailed schedule to be released later.