Federation Cup champions Abahani will begin their AFC Cup venture on April 3, taking on Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi Club in Kathmandu, as per the fixtures released by the continental governing body of football.
The six-time professional league champions have been placed in Group E, which also features Minerva Punjab of India and a yet-to-be-decided team from one of India, Bhutan or Sri Lanka.
The Sky Blues will host Minerva Punjab in Dhaka on April 17 before playing away to the third team of the group on May 1. The return legs will take place on May 15, June 19 and June 26. The top team from the group will qualify for the inter-zone semifinal playoff.
Abahani will look to seal a place in the second round of the continental competition for the first time after having failed to do so in their previous attempts. Last year, they finished third in the group with four points as Bengaluru FC of India sealed progression to the inter-zone semifinal playoffs with 15 points.