Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has taken note of the Chinese Football Association (CFA)’s confirmation of Changchun Yatai FC’s withdrawal from participating in this season’s AFC Champions League™.
Therefore, in accordance with the AFC Champions League 2022™ Competition Regulations, the Playoff Stage match between Changchun Yatai FC and the winners of the Preliminary Stage tie between Australia’s Sydney FC and Kaya FC-Iloilo from the Philippines, which was scheduled to take place on March 15, 2022, has been cancelled.
Sugasawa strike seals Empress’s Cup for Urawa Reds
Kyoto: Urawa Reds Ladies ended their run of Empress’s Cup Final defeats, and became the competition’s first new winners in half a decade, after a Yuika Sugasawa goal helped them prevail against JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies on Sunday.
Sugasawa scored the only goal in the 67th minute of the final, ending a run of four successive titles for Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza, who had been knocked out by JEF United at the semi-final stage in January.
The result also broke a streak of Cup Final defeats for Urawa Reds, who claimed their first title in the competition after being beaten in the decider on five previous occasions dating back to 2009, including in the past two seasons.
ASEAN Wrap: JDT win Super Cup; Season kicks off in Vietnam
Kuala Lumpur: Domestic action is well and truly underway across Southeast Asia as football returned to both Malaysia and Vietnam over the weekend, and the league campaign got underway in Singapore.
It was a flying start for Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim, who beat Kuala Lumpur City 3-0 to win the Malaysian Super Cup – Piala Sumbangih – for the fifth successive year.
Elsewhere, the league seasons kicked off in Vietnam and Singapore, Bali United moved top in Indonesia and Buriram United just keep on winning in Thailand, so join the-AFC.com as we review the fixtures from across ASEAN.
Playing in AFC Champions League important for Australian football, says Melbourne Victory’s cup hero
Melbourne: A 2020 AFC Champions League winner with Ulsan Hyundai, Australia international Jason Davidson is intent on a return to the continental stage ahead of Melbourne Victory’s 2022 AFC Champions League playoff tie with Japan’s Vissel Kobe on March 15.
Having played a key role in Victory’s FFA Cup triumph at the beginning of February, which qualified Tony Popovic’s side for this year’s playoffs, the 30-year-old Davidson is adamant that a place in the group stage of Asia’s premium club competition is crucial.