Ones To Watch: Group C

Ones To Watch:

Group C

Khojiakbar Alijonov

Uzbekistan, Defender

  • Already an AFC U23 Championship winner in China PR in 2018, Alijonov, 22, has been a constant feature in the FC Pakhtakor line-up since his late teens

Song Bum-keun

Korea Republic,


  • Song made his professional debut in February 2018 has excelled in the domestic championship – he is already the owner of two league winners' medals – and the last two editions of the AFC Champions League

Zhang Yuning

China PR, Forward

  • A footballing education that has taken in stints in Netherlands and Germany, Zhang returned to China in early 2019
  • After a season at Beijing FC where he enjoyed a consistent run of games, he will hope to make an impact at the highest Continental level

Omid Noorafkan

IR Iran, Midfielder

  • Noorafkan has been touted as a talent ever since he became the youngest player to appear for Tehran giants Esteghlal as an 18-year-old in December 2015
  • Since then, the midfielder moved to Charleroi in Belguim (June, 2018) but enjoyed renewed success upon returning to Isfahan side Sepahan on loan in 2019