Kuala Lumpur: The second preliminary round of qualifying for the 2019 AFC Champions League bursts into life on Tuesday when a total eight teams from the West and East Zones will book their place in the competition’s play-off phase.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the eight hopefuls from the West Zone.
Preliminary Stage 2 – West Zone
Pakhtakor (UZB) v Air Force Club (IRQ)
Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent; Tuesday, 1500 local time
Preliminary Stage 1: Ceres Negros 1-2 Yangon United
Bacolod City: Yangon United of Myanmar sealed a place in the 2019 AFC Champions League second preliminary stage after defeating Ceres Negros of the Philippines 2-1 at the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City on Tuesday.
It was a well deserved victory as Yangon United were not fazed with Ceres Negros' home ground advantage as the Myanmar side took the match to their opponents.
Their positive approach paid rich dividends as Brazilian Vinicius de Oliveira gave them the lead in the 29th minute.
Saudi giants Al Ahli name Fossati as new head coach
Jeddah: AFC Champions League hopefuls Al Ahli Saudi FC have named Uruguayan Jorge Fossati as their new head coach following the departure of previous incumbent Paulo Guede.
The 66-year-old, who was in charge of the Qatar national team until July 2017, arrives with Al Ahli some 10 points behind Saudi Pro League leaders Al Hilal and having been knocked out of the King’s Cup by Al Wehda Club.
Doha: Japanese international Shoya Nakajima is eager to get his Al Duhail career started after signing for the Qatar Stars League champions.
Al Duhail recently announced the signing of Nakajima from Portuguese top-flight side Portimonense on a four and a half years contract, having earlier strengthened their ranks by bringing in Morocco international Medhi Benatia from Italian giants Juventus
Nakajima said he was excited about the transfer.
"I made the decision because everything about the club was attractive," the 24-year-old attacker said.