Kuala Lumpur: Having put their respective domestic league campaigns behind them, four West Asian sides are set for the 2019 AFC Cup Zonal Semi-Finals next week.
Al Jazeera and Al Ahed are back in this stage for the second year in a row, while Al Wehdat are back at the Zonal Semi-Finals for a second time after 2017. Champions in 2004, Al Jaish have not played at this stage since its introduction two season ago.
Fiesta of football awaits Ceres and Hanoi, says Marañón
Bacolod: 2019 AFC Cup leading scorer Bienvenido Marañón is eagerly anticipating the showdown between two of Southeast Asia's best sides when Ceres Negros host Hanoi FC in the ASEAN Zonal Semi-finals on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old Spanish striker has enjoyed another Continental campaign to remember for Filipino club Ceres improving on his Group Stage scoring tallies from the 2017 and 2018 campaigns to lead the scorers' standings with nine goals.
The-AFC.com spoke exclusively with Marañón to look ahead to the showdown with Vietnam's Hanoi FC, reflect on the tournament so far and recall past campaigns.
Jakarta: Persija Jakarta have announced the resignation of Ivan Kolev as the head coach of the Indonesian champions.
Persija have endured a difficult start to the season - domestic as well as international - with the club already eliminated from the 2019 AFC Cup and languishing third from bottom in the domestic league.
Analysis: Patient Binh Duong leave it late to progress
Bacolod City: The remaining two places in the AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal semi-finals were decided earlier in the week and arguably the biggest story came from the Philippines, where Vietnam’s Becamex Binh Duong struck late to defeat Ceres Negros 1-0 and join their opponents in the knockout rounds.
With the Group G game scoreless and the clock ticking down, Binh Duong were heading for elimination until Brazilian forward Wander Luiz struck a goal of the tournament contender from 40 yards that looped ove goalkeeper Roland Muller to secure their place in the next round.
AFC Cup 2019 Allianz Goal of the Week: Bruno Matos
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that Persija Jakarta's Bruno Matos is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2019 AFC Cup after a public vote on the AFC’s official website.
Dhaka: Abahani Limited Dhaka head coach Mario Lemos has described his team's 3-2 win over Chennaiyin in their AFC Cup Group E match as a great match for Bangladesh and the club.
Abahani showed tremendous resilience in coming from a goal down to defeat the previously unbeaten Chennaiyin on Wednesday, having also seen the Indian club hauling themselves back into the match when 2-1 down.