Will Typhoon Mangkhut mean AFC Champions League game moved to Macau has to be re-arranged again?
Tianjin Quanjian and Kashima Antlers await results of pre-match inspections at Macau Olympic Sports Centre to confirm whether quarter-final goes ahead
Typhoon Mangkhut wreaked havoc on the weekend’s sporting programme and it may not be finished yet with authorities still unsure if the game between Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian and Japanese J.League side Kashima Antlers scheduled for Macau on Tuesday will have to be re-arranged for a second time.
The storm battered Macau on Sunday and despite both teams having already travelled for the AFC Champions League fixture, they await the results of the pre-match inspections for confirmation that the game goes ahead.
Indeed, Chinese media outlet Titan Sports reported that the game faced further rescheduling.
The preference is for the game to be played and AFC sources say that as of Monday at 2pm, the game is still on.
— 鹿島アントラーズ 公式 (@atlrs_official) 16 September 2018
Fans of the Chinese club have made it clear on social media that they would rather the game be rescheduled so that it could be played in Tianjin, with the second leg of the quarter-final moved to Macau on the back of security concerns in the Chinese port surrounding the World Economic Forum taking place in the city.
Both sides have seen their preparations for the game affected.
Tianjin Quanjian were confined to the team hotel as per Alexandre Pato’s social media while Kashima Antlers trained indoors.
According to sources from China, AFC has informed Tianjin Quanjian and Kashima Antlers that the 2nd leg of AFC Champions League 1/4 Finals to be played in Macau between the two may be postponed due to typhoon Mangkhut. Quanjian have arrived at Macau but had to stay in the gym. pic.twitter.com/aXP5qxs5i1
— Titan Sports Plus (@titan_plus) 16 September 2018
The Japanese club’s official Japanese-language Twitter account showed various images of the team training and also the hotel lobby as the storm raged outside.
Kashima Antlers lead the tie 2-0 from the first leg.
Some 5,000 tickets for the game were released on Saturday free of charge, while reports also suggest that the costs for renting the stadium will be waived by local authorities.
Update (4.34pm): The match in Macau will go ahead as planned.