AFC Cup

AFC Cup 2018 draw confirmed

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Kuala Lumpur: Reigning AFC Cup champions Air Force Club from Iraq have been handed a potentially difficult start to their title defence following the official draw for the competition’s 2018 edition in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

With the AFC Cup continuing to be split into zones, Air Force Club - who last month defeated Tajikistan’s FC Istiklol to claim a second successive continental crown - find themselves in West Asia’s Group A, where they will have Malkiya Club from Bahrain, Jordan’s Al Jazeera and a yet to be determined Play-off winner for company.



Meanwhile, defeated finalists Istiklol will look to make amends for their 2017 disappointment when they begin their latest title assault from Group D in the Central Zone. They will face FC Alay from Kyrgyzstan, the Central Zone’s Play-off winner and a representative from Turkmenistan.



The fixtures for the Preliminary and Play-off stages – as well as the clubs competing in them – were also finalised at the event.



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Draw Results



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West Asia Zone



Group A


Malkiya Club (BHR)


Al Jazeera (JOR)


Air Force Club (IRQ)


Winner of PO WEST 3 (OMA/PLE)



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Group B


Al Ahed (LIB)


Manama Club (BHR)


Al Jaish (SYR)


Al Zawraa Club (IRQ)



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Group C


Al Faisaly or AL Wendat (JOR)


Al Ansar FC (LIB)


Dhofar Club (OMA)


Al Wahda (SYR)





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Central Zone



Group D


FC Istiklol (TJK)


Turkmenistan 1st Club


FC Alay (KGZ)


PO - winner (TJK/TKM/KGZ)



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South Zone



Group E


Aizwl FC (IND) or Mohun Bagan (IND)


New Radiant SC (MDV)


Bangladesh 1st Club


PO - Winner (IND/MDV/BHU)



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ASEAN ZONE



Group F


Philippines 1st Club or 3rd club


Home United FC (SIN)


Shan United (MYA) or Yadanarbon FC (MYA)


Winner of PO Asean 3 (LAO/CAM)



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Group G


Bali United FC (IDN) or Madura United (IDN)


Philippines 2nd Club


FLC Than Hoa (VIE) or Hanoi FC (VIE)


Yangon United FC (MYA)



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Group H


Tampines Rovers (SIN) or Geylang International FC (SIN)


Persija Jakarta (IDN)


Johor Darul Ta'zim (MAS) or Selangor FA (MAS)


Song Lam Nghe An FC (VIE)



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South Zone



Group I


4.25 SC (PRK)


Hang Yuen FC (TPE)


Benfica Macau (MAC)


PO - Winner (PRK/MNG)



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Preliminary Stage and Play-off Stage Match Schedule



West Play-off



22 January - Hilal Alquds Club (PLE) vs. Al Suwaiq (OMA)



29 January - Al Suwaiq (OMA) vs. Hilal Alqudsclub (PLE)



Manama Club (BHR) & Al Ansar FC (LIB) – receive bye to AFC Cup 2018 Group Stage



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ASEAN Play-off



22 January - Cambodia 1st club vs. Philippines 2nd Club



29 January - Philippines 2nd Club vs. Cambodia 1st Club



22 January - Lao Toyota FC (LAO) vs.Home United FC (SIN)



29 January - Home United FC (SIN) vs.Lao Toyota FC (LAO)



Yangon United FC (MYA) – receive bye to AFC Cup 2018 Group Stage



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Central Preliminary



January 23 - Dordoi FC (KGZ) vs. Turkmenistan 2nd Club



January 30 – Turkmenistan 2nd Club vs.Dordoi FC (KGZ)



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Central Play-off



February 13 - Winner PS 2 vs. FC Khujand



February 20 - FC Khujand (TJK) vs. Winner PS 2



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South Preliminary



January 23 – Transport United (BHU) vs. JSW Bengaluru FC (IND)



January 30 – JSW Bengaluru FC (IND) vs.Transport United (BHU)



January 23 – Bangladesh 2nd Club vs. Maldives 2nd Club



January 30 - Maldives 2nd Club vs. Bangladesh 2nd Club



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South Play-off



February 13 - Winner PS 2 vs. Winner PS 1



February 20 - Winner PS 1 vs. Winner PS 2



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East Play-off



February 13 - Erchim FC (MNG) vs. Hwaepul SC (PRK)



February 20 - Hwaepul SC (PRK) vs Erchim FC (MNG)