Buriram: As the AFC Cup™ 2022 rolls back into action on Friday, join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the three participating teams in the East Zone's Group J.
To be played in the neutral venue of Buriram, Thailand, Group J will feature two teams from Hong Kong - Eastern Long Lions and Lee Man, with Chinese Taipei’s Tainan City FC completing the mix. Only the group winners will progress to the Inter-Zone Semi-finals.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Cup™ 2022 is set to return on June 24 and, for the first time since the eventually cancelled 2020 edition, ASEAN teams will grace the continental competition with 11 sides from Southeast Asia placed in Groups G to I.
Since the zonal format was introduced five years ago, numerous stars from across the region have shone, including the likes of Bienvenido Marañón and Stephan Schröck who helped Ceres Negros of the Philippines become ASEAN champions in 2017.
Song Ui-young’s goals were key as Singapore’s Home United claimed regional bragging rights in 2018, when Marko Simic starred in a memorable run for Indonesia’s Persija Jakarta, while Nguyen Quang Hai and Nguyen Van Quyet stood out as Vietnam’s Hanoi FC were better than the rest in 2019.
Ahead of the ASEAN Zone’s big kick-off on Friday, the-AFC.comhas selected some players to watch out for.
Kuala Lumpur: Three teams from the East Zone will begin their quest for AFC Cup™ 2022 glory when Group J kicks off on June 24 as Hong Kong pair Lee Man FC and Eastern SC, as well as Chinese Taipei’s Tainan City FC, battle it out for a place in the knockout rounds.
After the zonal format was launched in 2017, DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC dominated for three years, with An Il-bom and Kim Yu-song the standouts, but in 2021 it was Lee Man players such as Gil and Jonatan Acosta who starred as the Hong Kong side came within a game of the final.
With the 2022 East Zone to begin on Friday, the-AFC.com looks at those who could shine this time round.