Ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League season, Mumbai City FC face a crucial test as they are set to do battle with FC Nassaji Mazandaran in the group stage of the 2023/24 AFC Champions League.
Mumbai City FC enjoyed a historic season in India, where they dominated the league and clinched the title with three games remaining. They have broken numerous records in the process and have firmly established themselves as a powerhouse in Indian football.
The Islanders earned their place in the Champions League for the second consecutive season by beating Jamshedpur FC in the play-off round in April. Notably, they created history as the first Indian club to achieve victory in this prestigious competition when they defeated the Iraqi Air Force team in the 2022 AFC Champions League.
Led by their manager, Des Buckingham, Mumbai City have the experience and quality needed to progress to the knockout stages. Furthermore, they had a commendable season in the Durand Cup despite falling to eventual champions Mohun Bagan Super Giant in the quarter-finals.
The acquisition of playmaker Nasser El Khayati for the continental competition further increases their chances of advancing to the knockout rounds.
On the other hand, FC Nassaji Mazandaran earned its place in the AFC Champions League by winning the Hafzi Cup – the annual cup competition in Iran. This marks their debut in the AFC Champions League, and while they may lack experience, they possess the quality to pose a threat to Mumbai City.
It is worth noting that Nassaji finished 12th in the domestic league last season and had a slow start to the new season, with just one win in their first four matches.
Therefore, Mumbai City FC enter the match as clear favorites, especially since they will be playing in front of their home crowd in Pune. The home games could be crucial for Des Buckingham’s squad as they hope to kick-start their campaign with a valuable three points in their pocket.
Mumbai City FC vs FC Nassaji Mazandaran: Details of the AFC Champions League match 2023-24
Agreement: Mumbai City FC vs FC Nassaji Mazandaran, Group D, Matchday 1, AFC Champions League
Location: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune.
times: 7:30 PM IST on Monday, September 18.
Mumbai City FC vs Nassaji Mazandaran: Where will the AFC Champions League match be telecast?
The match between Mumbai City FC and Nassaji Mazandaran will be telecast on Sports 18 Network on Monday from 7:30 PM.
Mumbai City FC vs Nassaji Mazandaran: Where will the AFC Champions League match be live streamed?
The match between Mumbai City FC and Nassaji Mazandaran will also be available to live stream on the FanCode app.