Preliminary Stage 2 - 1st Leg: Paro FC 0-1 JSW Bengaluru FC
Thimphu: Thongkhosiem Haokip struck in the second half to hand India's JSW Bengaluru FC a vital 1-0 win over Paro FC of Bhutan in the first leg of the 2020 AFC Cup Preliminary Stage 2 on Wednesday.
Paro kicked off the match at the Changlimithang Stadium in high spirits after progressing to the second preliminary round on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate score against Sri Lanka's Defenders FC last week, and dominated proceedings in the opening minutes.
Kuala Lumpur: Ahead of the kick-off of the 2020 AFC Cup, the-AFC.com reflects on 10 years of success in Asia's most diverse club competition and offers the Continent's fans the opportunity to select the team they feel has performed the best.
The past decade has shown unprecedented growth and evolution of the AFC Cup. From 31 sides who took part at the 2010 edition to the 43 in the 2019 tournament and with the introduction of the innovative Zonal format in 2017 the AFC Cup has continued to entertain fans of the Continental game.
During the last 10 years, there have been some notable teams who have risen to the fore and we review them and their achievements. Select your favourite in the poll at the bottom of the article to decide who is the best of the decade!
Maziya’s Sekulovski looking forward to Abahani
Dhaka: Maziya Sports & Recreation head coach Marjan Sekulovski and his charges are feeling confident ahead of their 2020 AFC Cup Preliminary Stage 2 first leg tie against Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka.
Since their debut in 2013, Maziya never failed to make an appearance in the AFC Cup till 2017, and after a two-year absence, Sekuovski’s side is eager to begin their bid to return to the group stage.
The Male-based club, who finished second in the Dhivehi Premier League last season, will face familiar foes in Abahani, having played them in the 2017 group stage, where Maziya won both matches and Sekulovski is hoping his side can repeat their success.
Nestor: The AFC Cup is vital to the growth of the game in Cambodia
Svay Rieng: Coach Conor Nestor insisted that Svay Rieng's qualification for the 2020 AFC Cup on Wednesday will have a big impact, not only for the Cambodian champions but the country as a whole.
Svay Rieng's 3-0 win away at Laotian side Master7 FC completed a comprehensive 7-1 aggregate victory that concluded this week's ASEAN Zone play-offs and ensured Cambodia are represented for a fourth consecutive edition of the AFC Cup.
A result that is of particular significance for the Irishman at the helm of the club.
Play-off - 2nd Leg: Master7 FC 0-3 Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC
Vientiane: Cambodia’s Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng SC booked their place in the 2020 AFC Cup group stage with a 3-0 win over Master7 FC of Laos in the second leg of their Play-off on Wednesday, advancing 7-1 on aggregate.
Two goals in the first half by Sam Oeun Pidor and Jean Marie Mbarga set the tone for Svay Rieng’s second leg victory as the C-League champions were hardly troubled at the National Stadium.
Svay Rieng will join Indonesia’s Bali United, Than Quang Ninh of Vietnam and the Philippines’ Ceres Negros FC in Group G, which starts on February 11.
Play-off - 2nd Leg: Yangon United FC 3-1 Indera SC
Yangon: Yangon United FC of Myanmar eased into the 2020 AFC Cup Group Stage with a 9-2 aggregate win over Brunei Darussalam’s Indera SC after securing a 3-1 second leg triumph in the play-off on Wednesday.
In possession of a handsome lead following last week’s first leg in Bandar Seri Begawan, Tin Maung Tun’s side never looked in any danger despite being level at 1-1 at half-time, before extending their aggregate lead with second half goals to Emmanuel Ikechukwu and Than Paing.
Yangon United will now join Ho Chi Minh City FC, Lao Toyota FC and Hougang United FC in Group F, which begins on February 11.
Play-off - 2nd Leg: PSM Makassar 3-1 Lalenok United FC
Bogor: Indonesia's PSM Makassar stormed into the 2020 AFC Cup Group Stage after beating Lalenok United FC of Timor-Leste 3-1 in their second leg play-off tie on Wednesday, winning 7-2 on aggregate.
PSM will be making their second consecutive appearance in the tournament proper, where they have the Philippines' Kaya FC-ILOILO, Shan United of Myanmar and Singapore's Tampines Rovers FC for company in Group H.