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AFC Cup Bracket Challenge – Final: Ali Ashfaq (New Radiant) vs Chan Siu Ki (South China AA)


Kuala Lumpur: After receiving hundreds of thousands of votes, the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge to find the best goal from the Continental competition from the past decade has reached its finale as Ali Ashfaq takes on Chan Siu Ki for the right to be crowned champion. 

Thirty-two players from all five of the AFC's Zones began the contest more than six weeks ago and that number has now been whittled down to just two as fans voted in their masses to help Ashfaq and Chan reach the showpiece event.

The final pits South Asia against East Asia as Maldivian superstar Ashfaq's superb solo goal for Male side New Radiant in 2013 goes up against a wonderful strike by Chan for Hong Kong's South China AA in 2013.

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In the early rounds, Chan overcame Persipura Jayapura legend Boaz Solossa and Safa SC's Mohamad Haidar to reach the quarter-finals while Ashfaq defeated Kuwait SC's Rogerinho and Abahani Limited Dhaka's Sohel Rana.

From then, the former South China player went back-to-back against Johor Darul Ta'zim as he received more votes than both Safee Sali and Safawi Rasid to advance to the final.

Ashfaq, meanwhile, gained incredible six-figure numbers in the voting to see off Hanoi FC duo Nguyen Van Quyet and Nguyen Quang Hai as the Maldives got fully behind one of their footballing heroes.

There now remains one final obstacle for the two players to overcome should their goal be classed the best in the AFC Cup from the past 10 years. It's up to you, the fans, to show your support by voting for your favourite below.


Ali Ashfaq (New Radiant)
2013 AFC Cup
Persibi Bojonegoro vs New Radiant
 (12.03.2013)

Arguably the finest player the Maldives has ever produced, Ali Ashfaq offered more than a glimpse of his talent in Indonesia in 2013, scoring five in a 7-0 win for New Radiant. When he rounded the 'keeper it appeared he had an easy tap-in, but the striker seemed intent on tormenting the Persibo Bojonegoro backline, twisting one way and then the next before coolly finishing into the centre of the goal.

AFC Cup Bracket Challenge – Final: Ali Ashfaq (New Radiant) vs Chan Siu Ki (South China AA)

Chan Siu Ki (South China AA)
2015 AFC Cup
Pahang vs South China AA (18.03.2015)

It was the only goal in a 1-0 scoreline in Kuantan but it was a strike worthy of winning any game, as Hong Kong forward Chan Siu Ki's rocket from range zipped past Pahang goalkeeper Khairul Azhan. One touch on the edge of the box to kill the ball with his right foot and then, with little back-lift, a swing of his left foot to send it into the far corner of the net.

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