Kitchee give former Yugoslavia great Sliskovic top job
Hong Kong: Kitchee SC have appointed former Yugoslavia Footballer of the Year Blaz Sliskovic as head coach as the Hong Kong Premier League look to revive their fortunes after a disappointing 2018-19 season.
Kitchee, three-time Hong Kong Premier League champions, finished fourth last season and are determined to regain their position at the top.
Sliskovic, who arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday, was unveiled as the new head coach on Thursday.
Hong Kong: 4.25 SC's winning run was ended by Kitchee SC but it mattered little as the DPR Korea side advanced to the AFC Cup Inter-Zone semi-finals as the East Zonal champions.
The 1-0 defeat – 4.25’s first in six outings – nevertheless saw the Koreans retain their position at the top of the Group I standings, and they will now line-up alongside the winners of the ASEAN, Central and South in the next stage of the competition having performed superbly throughout the group stage.
The result, meanwhile, left Kitchee to reflect on what could have been after a campaign in which they garnered three wins and a draw en route to finishing five points behind their table-topping opponents.
After a slow start to proceedings at the Mong Kok Stadium, 4.25 fashioned the first genuine opportunity of the match when Pak Myong-song fired a free-kick narrowly wide of the target with 12 minutes on the clock.
Kuala Lumpur: The draw for the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-Finals and Zonal Finals concluded in the Malaysian capital on Tuesday.
The ASEAN Zonal Final will see Becamex Binh Duong hosting Hanoi FC in the first leg at the Binh Duong Stadium on July 31. The return leg of the all-Vietnam ASEAN Zonal Final will be played on August 7.
The ASEAN Zonal winners will face 2018 runners-up Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zone Semi-final on August 20, with the return leg on August 27.
Ellili reveals secret behind Al Jazeera 'Remontada'
Amman: Al Jazeera coach Chiheb Ellili credited his players for the historic comeback as they turned a 3-0 first-leg loss against Syria’s Al Jaish into a 4-3 aggregate win to reach the 2019 AFC Cup West Zonal Final.
Abdullah Al Attar scored inside the first five minutes before Feras Shelbaieh, Ahmad Al Essawi and Zaid Jaber netted in the second half to complete a 4-0 rout at Amman International Stadium on Tuesday.
Beirut: Al Ahed coach Bassem Marmar was adamant his team still has room for improvement despite overcoming Al Wehdat 1-0 on aggregate to reach the 2019 AFC Cup West Zonal Final for the first time in their history.
The Lebanese side held on to secure a goalless draw at home on Monday and book a place in the West Zonal Final off the back of a 1-0 away victory over Al Wehdat in the first leg a week earlier.
“I would like to apologise to the fans,” said Marmar. “We have not played to the level they have come to expect from us. We achieved the most important thing which is reaching the [Zonal] final, but we could and should have played better.”