AFC President hails Muharraq Club for clinching AFC Cup 2021 title
Arad: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated Bahrain’s Muharraq Club for securing their second AFC Cup crown after the West Asians defeated Uzbekistan’s FC Nasaf 3-0 in a thrilling final at the Sheikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium in Bahrain on Friday.
Shaikh Salman said: “On behalf of the Asian football family, I must congratulate Muharraq Club for their incredible consistency and steadfast perseverance in securing the coveted AFC Cup 2021 title.
“Credit must also be given to everyone at the club, from the backroom staff to the coaches for working tirelessly behind the scenes and I am sure that this victory will inspire the club towards greater achievements in the future.
Muharraq Club emerge champions with masterful display against FC Nasaf
Arad: Muharraq Club bagged the second AFC Cup title in their history, after dispatching 2011 winners FC Nasaf 3-0 in the final to win the 2021 edition at Sheikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium on Friday
Having last won the AFC Cup in 2008, Muharraq join Kuwait SC and Air Force Club of Iraq (3) and Jordan's Al Faisaly (2) as the only clubs to have won multiple AFC Cup titles; they also book their place in the 2022 AFC Champions League.
Muharraq's Abdulwahab Al Maloud named 2021 AFC Cup MVP
Arad: Muharraq Club forward Abdulwahab Al Malood enjoyed double glory on Friday, being named the 2021 AFC Cup Most Valuable Player to add to his team’s 3-0 triumph over FC Nasaf to win a second AFC Cup title in their history.
The midfielder played a sterling part in the Bahraini side winning the AFC Cup for a second time with his consistent performances throughout a season which they capped with a dominant 3-0 win over Uzbekistan's FC Nasaf in the final.
Al Maloud started every one of Muharraq’s seven matches in the 2021 AFC Cup, topping the competition’s assist charts, setting up six goals for his teammates, including Mahmoud Al Mardi’s opening goal in the final.
Nasaf's Norchaev wins 2021 AFC Cup Top Scorer award
Arad: FC Nasaf forward Khusain Norchaev won the 2021 AFC Cup top scorer award after finishing the campaign with seven goals, two more than his nearest challenger, Ahal FC’s Elman Tagayev.
The 19-year-old entered the history books becoming the youngest player in the competition’s history to be named top scorer, breaking the record of Shabab Al Ordon’s Odai Al Saify, who was the 2007 AFC Cup joint top scorer with five goals aged 21.
Norchaev became the first Uzbek to win the AFC Cup top scorer award and the second Nasaf player after Montenegrin striker Ivan Boskovic in 2011.