Former Indian Super League champions Mumbai City FC (MCFC) are set to begin their 2022 AFC Champions League campaign against Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab on Friday, April 8.
The 2020-21 champions, who travelled to Abu Dhabi for a two-week training camp in March, are drawn in Group B against Al Jazira (UAE), Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (Iraq) and Al-Shabab in the west region of the competition. The team set up their camp in Al Forsan before heading to Riyadh for their group stage matches
Mumbai City FC are only the second Indian team to ever represent the country in the AFC tournament after FC Goa did so last year.
Leading up to the tournament, MCFC played two friendly matches against Al Ain FC and Al Hilal United, beating the former 2-1 and the latter 2-0.
Victories in club friendlies have been inspiring, but MCFC need to factor in the substandard form they endured during ISL 2021-22. In a season where they were supposed to defend their title, the team could only muster a fifth-place finish.
On top of that, midfielder Rowllin Borges has been ruled out at least until the group stage games.
Mumbai City FC squad for 2022 AFC Champions League
Goalkeepers: Phurba Lachenpa, Mohammad Nawaz, Ravi Kumar, Vikram Lakhbir Singh
Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Amey Ranawade, Mehtab Singh, Mohamad Rakip, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Mourtada Fall, Valpuia, Mandar Rao Desai
Midfielders: Cassio Gabriel, Bradden Inman, Ahmed Jahouh, Raynier Fernandes, Rowlin Borges, Vinit Rai, Naorem Tndomba Singh, Chanso Horam, Asif Khan, Apuia Ralte
Forwards: Vikram Partap Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Igor Angulo, Pranjal Bhumij, Bipin Singh, Diego Mauricio, Lallianzuala Chhangte
Mumbai City FC 2022 AFC Champions League schedule, fixtures and India match times
All match times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Friday, April 8, matchday 1
Mumbai City FC vs Al-Shabab - 10:45 PM IST
Monday, April 11, matchday 2
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya vs Mumbai City FC - 10:45 PM IST
Thursday, April 14, matchday 3
Al Jazira vs Mumbai City FC - 10:45 PM IST
Monday, April 18, matchday 4
Mumbai City FC vs Al Jazira - 10:45 PM IST
Saturday, April 23, matchday 5
Al-Shabab vs Mumbai City FC - 1:45 AM IST
Wednesday, April 27, matchday 6
Mumbai City FC vs Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya - 1:45 AM IST
Where to watch Mumbai City FC matches in the 2022 AFC Champions League live in India?
The live telecast of Mumbai City FC matches in the 2022 AFC Champions League will be available on Star Sport 2 and its corresponding HD TV channels in India.
The live streaming of Mumbai City FC matches in the 2022 AFC Champions League can be viewed on the Disney+ Hotstar app as well as JioTV.
Featured photo: Twiter / Mumbai City FC