Kozubaev aiming high with Eastern as Inter-Zone semi-final looms
Jizzakh: Eastern Long Lions defender Tamirlan Kozubaev has revealed that it was a new challenge with an ambitious club that persuaded him to swap Central Asia for East Asia when the Kyrgyz Republic international joined the Hong Kong side ahead of their AFC Cup™ 2022 campaign.
The much-travelled centre-back, who was most recently in Kazakhstan but has also played his club football in Russia, Serbia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Indonesia and his homeland, helped Eastern win both of their group stage games in June to advance to the AFC Cup knockout rounds for the first time.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Cup™ 2022 West Zone Semi-finals are set to enticing affairs with Kuwait’s Al Arabi to play Al Seeb of Oman while Bahraini clubs Al Riffa and East Riffa will square off in a derby.
The AFC Cup West Zone has always been fiercely contested and passionately followed and ahead of the semi-finals, the-AFC.com invites you - the fans - to test your knowledge.
Riffa: Ahead of arguably the most important domestic derby in their history, Riffa SC have one eye on the AFC Cup™ 2022 title, but first all focus has to be on overcoming neighbours East Riffa in the West Zone Semi-final, according to club captain Komail Al Aswad.
The homegrown hero spent his entire career at Riffa and has been the standout performer in a thrilling continental campaign for the Bahraini side, who dream of following on the path of compatriots Muharraq to keep the AFC Cup trophy in the island nation for the second year running.
Dubai: With the AFC Cup™ 2022 West Zone Semi-finals to take place on September 5 and 6, the-AFC.com takes a look at four classic matches that took place at this stage of previous editions.
The Zonal format was introduced five years ago, and some exciting encounters have taken place since with the exception of 2020 when the competition was cancelled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ahead of the Riffa Derby between East Riffa and Riffa Club and the Al Arabi SC vs Al Seeb tie, we take a look back at one game that stood out in each campaign.