Doha: Akram Afif was named the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ Most Valuable Player and also picked up the Yili Top Scorer Award on Saturday as his outstanding performances helped Qatar clinch the Continental title for the second consecutive time.
The striker, who netted a hat-trick of penalties in the final, scored eight goals and made three assists in a campaign which saw him play a major part in the Maroons retaining the title they won in 2019, becoming one of only five teams to have managed such feat.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Champions League™ 2023-24 returns with the Round of 16 kicking off on February 13, and the clubs involved have experienced a number of arrivals and departures since the group stage drew to a close in December.
With the off-season in China PR, Japan and Korea Republic taking place in their winter months, seven of the eight sides remaining in the East Asia side of the draw have been building for the new domestic campaign with an eye also on challenging for continental glory.
There hasn't been much transfer movement in West Asia but Saudi Arabia clubs Al Hilal SFC and Al Nassr have made signings and ahead of the return of the Asia's premier club competition, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on the changes that have taken place since the group stage at the end of last year.
Kuala Lumpur: Just three days after the final of a remarkable AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™, the continent’s premier club competition will return when the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 knockout rounds get underway on February 13.
Some 40 teams entered the group stage when it kicked off back in September, with eight former champions and numerous world-renowned stars from the Saudi Pro League among the initial cast.
That number has now been whittled down to 16 as eight sides from East Asia and eight from West Asia battle it out to be crowned kings of Asia. Ahead of the first legs of the Round of 16, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on the teams.
West and ASEAN Zone contenders to kick off #AFCCup Knockout Stage
Kuala Lumpur: The final edition of the iconic AFC Cup™ will resume with the Knockout Stage for the 2023/24 season on Monday, February 12.
Eleven teams remain in contention for the 19th AFC Cup™ crown and eight are set to continue their quest for glory across the West and ASEAN Zonal Semi-finals, while the remaining three will be in action during the Inter-Zonal Playoffs between March 6 to April 24, 2024.