Kuala Lumpur: Representatives of the East Zone Member Associations (MA) with competing teams in the AFC Champions League 2020 have agreed to extend the dates of the knock-out rounds to allow for more time to complete the disrupted Group Stage fixtures.
Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it was agreed that Group matches scheduled for March and April which cannot be played, will be moved to May 19-20 - Match Day (MD3), May 26-27 (MD4), June 16-17 (MD5) and June 23-24 (MD6).
Where matches have been agreed between the two clubs, then the matches will go ahead as planned, if agreed by other stakeholders. A full list of fixtures will be confirmed between the MAs and the Clubs by March 16, 2020.
Shaikh Salman pledges support to communities battling COVID-19
Kuala Lumpur: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President, has expressed his support for all the communities who are battling to control and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.
With more than half the AFC’s Member Association’s being located where the virus has been detected, the AFC President said: “These are unprecedented and challenging times for everyone in these societies. My heartfelt sympathies and my total support are extended to them- not just in Asia but worldwide.
“In these circumstances, we will ensure that the health and safety of the football family and fans is paramount and that is the clear message from the AFC. As the AFC Medical Committee said yesterday in Colombo, Sri Lanka, personal hygiene is crucial as following World Health Organisation (WHO) advice."
Kuala Lumpur: It may have been a disrupted start to the 2020 AFC Champions League but in the opening two rounds of fixtures there have still been plenty of standout displays from the big names across Asian football.
With five teams having collected six points from two games, the-AFC.com has selected a star performer from each side and asks you, the fans, to tell us who you think has had the biggest impact by casting your vote at the bottom of the article.
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee has decided to postpone the 30th AFC Congress initially scheduled for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 16, 2020.
Following the unavoidable postponement of the AFC Audit, Finance and Legal Committee meetings as well as the AFC Executive Committee meeting because of heightened health concerns and travel restrictions, it was agreed that the Congress will take place at a later date that will be decided by the AFC Executive Committee.
Kuala Lumpur: Al Hilal SFC reinforced their credentials as one of the Continent’s best clubs by clinching the 2019 AFC Champions League title with a dominant 3-0 aggregate win over Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds over two legs.
Al Hilal showcased the art of ‘attacking with and without the ball’ via their collective advanced pressing backed by a high defensive line, which allowed the team to operate as a compact unit.
AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee bans two Laos players for life
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee has taken tough action on match manipulation by banning two Laos national team players, Khampheng Sayavutthi and Lembo Saysana, from taking part in any football related activities for life.
They were found to have committed offences under Article 66.1 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code – 2018 edition. Both players were found guilty of conspiring to manipulate the result of an international match between the Hong Kong and Laos national teams on October 5, 2017.
In order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, no other details will be disclosed.