Indian Super League (ISL) side Mumbai City FC will begin their AFC Champions League 2023-24 campaign at home on the 18th September against Iranian side FC Nassaji Mazandaran at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune. 

The Islanders, who were drawn in Group D of the AFC Champions League 2023-24 group stage, then have two away fixtures in line against Navbahor and Al Hilal on the 3rd October and 23th October respectively.

They will play the reverse fixture against Al Hilal at home on 6th November. Later that month, Des Buckingham’s side will travel to Tehran to take on FC Nassaji Mazandaran 28th November. The Islanders will conclude the group stage with a clash against Navbahor at home, scheduled to take place on 4th December.

Mumbai City FC are making their second appearance in Asia’s top football competition. They secured the ISL League Shield during the 2022-23 season and then beat 2021-22 ISL Shield Winners Jamshedpur FC in the Club playoffs to book their place in Asia.

Buckingham’s side made history in their maiden AFC Champions League 2022. They ended second in Group B after two wins and a draw, missing out on a place in the knockout stages by a whisker. They also became the first Indian club to win a game in the competition.

“The teams in the AFC Champions League, they're the best in their own country. As coaches and players, we always want to test ourselves against the best. It's a wonderful opportunity for us to continue what we did last time around and to showcase what Indian football can do on that stage. We’re looking forward to giving a good account of ourselves against the likes of Al Hilal, Nassaji and Navbahor – some of the best clubs in Asia – and represent not just Mumbai but Indian football as a whole in the best way possible,”  Buckingham earlier said after his side’s draw on Thursday.