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Bracket Challenge – RO16: Ali Ashfaq (New Radiant) v Sohel Rana (Abahani Limited Dhaka)


Kuala Lumpur: After an all-India pairing in Thursday's AFC Cup Bracket Challenge, the-AFC.com returns with another South Asia clash as the Maldives takes on Bangladesh. 

Next up Maldivian superstar Ali Ashfaq's stupendous solo goal for New Radiant in 2013 goes up against a Sohel Rana screamer for Abahani Limited Dhaka in the 2019 campaign.

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Ashfaq's mazy run and finish from seven years ago claimed more votes than a Rogerinho rocket for Kuwait SC from the 2013 final while Rana overcame the challenge of Home United's Khairul Nizam.

One of the two will become the second representative from South Asia in the last eight, so vote for who you think should advance in the poll 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.

Bracket Challenge – RO16: Ali Ashfaq (New Radiant) v Sohel Rana (Abahani Limited Dhaka)

Sohel Rana (Abahani Limited Dhaka)
2019 AFC Cup
Abahani Limited Dhaka vs 4.25 SC (21.08.2019)

The 2019 campaign was an excellent one for Bangladesh's Abahani Limited Dhaka, who topped their group to become South Asia Zonal champions before exciting their fans further against DPR Korea's 4.25 SC in the Inter-Zone semi-finals. A neat roll-back from Nabib Jibon found Sohel Rana, whose first-time piledriver from 25 yards flew past the goalkeeper to put his side one up in a contest they ultimately lost 5-4 on aggregate.

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