Two North Korean clubs have been entered into the 2017 AFC Cup.Kigwancha
(2016 Mangyongdae Prize Sports Games runners-up) enter at the playoff stage
, and will face the winner of the preliminary round match between Erchim (Mongolia) and Tatung (Taiwan) in a two-leg affair held in late February.
If Kigwancha proceed (and it's very likely they will), they'll contest Group I
against fellow North Korean club April 25
, Rovers (Guam), and Taiwan Power Company from March through May.
The winner of Group I will advance to the inter-zonal playoff semi-finals
, which is the third-last round of the AFC Cup.
Rovers (Guam), Tatung (Taiwan), and Taiwan Power Company have all withdrawn from the 2017 AFC Cup (it's a tin-pot competition), so Kigwancha (North Korea) and Erchim (Mongolia) have advanced to the group stage.
Group I now consists of Kigwancha (North Korea), April 25 (North Korea) and Erchim (Mongolia). The first match will be held on March 14