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New Radiant's Ali Ashfaq seals berth in AFC Cup Bracket Challenge final

Kuala Lumpur: New Radiant's Ali Ashfaq will take on South China AA's Chan Siu Ki in the final of the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge.

Maldivian star Ashfaq's solo goal - one of five he scored in that match - for New Radiant against Persibi Bojonegoro in the 2013 AFC Cup saw him defeat Hanoi FC's Vietnam international Nguyen Quang Hai in the semi-final.

Ashfaq polled 54.68 % of the votes to see of Quang Hai's challenge.

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Ashfaq, who boasts hero status in his homeland, eliminated Kuwait SC's Rogerinho and Abahani Limited Dhaka's Bangladesh international Sohel Rana to reach the last eight. Then, after amassing more than 135,000 votes, he edged Hanoi's Nguyen Van Quyet to book his place in the semi-finals.

Review both goals, check out the results at the bottom of the article and don't forget to cast your vote in the final, which kicks off on Wednesday, November 25.

Nguyen Quang Hai (Hanoi FC)
2019 AFC Cup
Hanoi FC vs Altyn Asyr (20.08.2019)

Dead-ball specialist Nguyen Quang Hai was at his best against Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in the 2019 Inter-Zone semi-final first leg, scoring twice in a 3-2 victory. The Hanoi native has forged a reputation for netting exquisite free-kicks and here was another as he left the goalkeeper flat-footed after curling round the wall from 20 yards to tie the score at 1-1.

Bracket Challenge – Semi-Final: Nguyen Quang Hai (Hanoi FC) vs Ali Ashfaq (New Radiant)

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

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.

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