Kuala Lumpur: The curtain came down on the AFC Cup™ 2022 on Saturday with Al Seeb Club defeating Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur City FC 3-0 to create history by becoming the tournament’s first-ever Omani winners.
The final at National Stadium Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur brought an end to a campaign that had seen a record 37 teams compete in the group stage with sides from ASEAN returning to join those in the Central, East, South and West Zones having missed the 2021 edition.
As fans of Asian football start to look forward to the 2023-24 AFC Cup, the-AFC.com looks back on some of the stats and facts that caught the eye in the tournament that was.
This is just the beginning, says Al Seeb’s Rasheed Jabar
Kuala Lumpur: Al Seeb Club opened a new chapter in Omani football history after becoming the first club from the West Asian country to lift the AFC Cup™ trophy, and head coach Rasheed Jabar is confident Saturday’s triumph heralds the start of more success for the club.
Three players found the back of the net to secure Al Seeb a 3-0 win over Kuala Lumpur City FC in the final at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil, a result which the Omani side richly deserved.
Hodak: Lack of cutting edge cost Kuala Lumpur City
Kuala Lumpur: There was no fairy tale ending for Kuala Lumpur City FC following their 3-0 defeat to Al Seeb Club of Oman in the AFC Cup™ 2022 Final at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil on Saturday.
The visitors led from start to finish with Ali Al Busaidi and Abdulaziz Al Muqbali providing a two-goal cushion going into the break before Muhsen Al Ghassani scored the third as Al Seeb became the first side from Oman to win the AFC Cup.
Kuala Lumpur: Viettel FC forward Pedro Paulo won the AFC Cup™ 2022 Top Scorer award on Saturday.
Paulo scored five goals and had one assist for Viettel, with the Vietnamese club seeing their AFC Cup 2022 campaign come to an end when they lost 6-5 to Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur City in the ASEAN Zonal Semi-finals.
Al Seeb Club power past Kuala Lumpur City to lift historic title
Kuala Lumpur: Al Seeb Club became the first side from Oman to win the AFC Cup™ on Saturday as Rasheed Al Yafai’s outfit handed Kuala Lumpur City FC a 3-0 defeat at Bukit Jalil Stadium in the Malaysian capital to claim the 2022 edition of the continental competition.
First half goals from Ali Al Busaidi and Abdulaziz Al Maqbali put Al Seeb in control at the interval and a third from Muhsen Al Ghassani ensured the trophy would be going back to West Asia for the 16th time in the competition’s 18 editions.
The win secures Al Seeb a place in the preliminary rounds of the 2023/24 AFC Champions League while breaking the hearts of the majority of the almost 28,000 fans within the cavernous stadium on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.