Kuala Lumpur: After nearly 350,000 votes, the best goal of AFC Cup 2019 has been decided with Marc Klok's rocket for PSM Makassar against Lao Toyota FC named the winning effort following the public poll on the-AFC.com.
Eight amazing efforts were put up for consideration from Dushanbe via Kuwait and Dhaka to Bogor, but it was a thunderbolt from PSM Makassar midfielder Marc Klok that has been selected by Asia's football fans as the best.
Abahani Dhaka Limited's Sohel Rana was edged out into second place, while Altymyrat Annadurdyyev of Altyn Asyr finished third.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2019 AFC Cup produced some memorable moments across the Continent and some of the brightest young stars in the Asian game showcased their talent over the course of the season.
Among them was a title winner, the competition's youngest ever goalscorer and a defender whose performances helped earn him a move to Europe, so join the-AFC.com as we highlight the achievements of five youngsters who stood out.
Kuala Lumpur: With the draw of the 2020 AFC Cup on December 10 to set the stage for another exciting tournament, the-AFC.com reflects on some of the stand-out matches from this year's exciting Continental competition.
Dramatic comebacks, seven-goal thrillers and stunning performances, there has been plenty to savour in the AFC Cup. We look back on five games that encapsulated the excitement of the 2019 tournament.
Kuala Lumpur: With the AFC Cup done and dusted for another year after Lebanon’s Al Ahed were crowned the 2019 champions following a 1-0 victory DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC, its time to reflect on the tournament that was.
In the first of a series of competition reviews, the-AFC.com has compiled a list of the stats and facts that caught the eye over the past nine months of action.
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Bassem Marmar said Al Ahed FC's 2019 AFC Cup final triumph on Monday was for the people of Lebanon.
Marmar said he hoped Al Ahed's win - the first time a Lebanese club has won the AFC Cup - had put a smile on the faces of his compatriots.
"This win is for them and I really hope that we have brought happiness by winning the AFC Cup. We wanted so badly to win the Cup for the people of Lebanon and I am so happy that the players delivered," said Marmar.
Marmar’s half-time words inspired Al Ahed, says match-winner Yakubu
Kuala Lumpur: Issah Yakubu’s 74th minute goal steered Al Ahed to a historic AFC Cup title on Monday, an achievement the player attributed to head coach Bassem Marmar’s half-time pep talk.
The Beirut-based club gained an early advantage when 4.25 SC goalkeeper An Tae-song was given his marching orders for bringing down goal-bound Ahmad Zreik in the 26th minute, but despite that, Al Ahed struggled to find the net.
Yakubu revealed that Marmar’s words of encouragement during the break propelled Al Ahed past a defensive 4.25, and they saw the fruits of their labour in the 74th minute when the Ghanaian headed home Hussein Dakik’s cross.
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach O Yun-son, while disappointed that 4.25 SC failed in their mission to lift the AFC Cup, conceded that Al Ahed FC were worthy winners in the final at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium on Monday.
The DPR Korea club had gone into the decider confident of their chances but goalkeeper An Tae-song's sending off in the 26th minute made their task even more difficult against a highly motivated Al Ahed side.
The one-man advantage meant Al Ahed dictated play and after several missed opportunities, Issah Yakubu headed home the winning goal for the Lebanese club in the 74th minute.