2008 AFC Cup

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The 2008 AFC Cup was the 5th edition of the AFC Cup, playing between clubs from nations who are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Qualified teams[edit]

20 clubs will be competing, including champions of the national leagues and champions of the primary knock-out competition from the following countries which are AFC-affiliated countries which fall into the AFC's 'developing nations' category. In that season, the club of Bangladesh, Turkmenistan, Indonesia not participated.

East Asia (2)
Hong Kong Hong Kong (2) South China (2006–07 Hong Kong First Division League champions & 2007 Hong Kong FA Cup winners)

Kitchee (2006–07 Hong Kong First Division League runners-up)

South Asia (4)
India India (2) Dempo (2006–07 Indian National Football League champions)

East Bengal (2007 Indian Federation Cup winners)

Maldives Maldives (2) Victory (2007 Dhivehi League champions)

New Radiant (2007 Maldives FA Cup winners)

Southeast Asia (4)
Malaysia Malaysia (2) Kedah (2006–07 Super League Malaysia champions & 2007 Malaysia FA Cup winners)

Perak (2006–07 Super League Malaysia runners-up)

Singapore Singapore (2) SAFFC (2007 S.League champions & 2007 Singapore Cup winners)

Home United (2007 S.League runners-up)

West Asia (10)
Bahrain Bahrain (2) Al-Muharraq (2006–07 Bahraini Premier League champions)

Al-Najma (2007 Bahraini King's Cup winners)

Jordan Jordan (2) Al-Wahdat (2006–07 Jordan League champions)

Shabab Al-Ordon (2007 AFC Cup winners & 2006–07 Jordan FA Cup winners)

Lebanon Lebanon (2) Al-Ansar (2006–07 Lebanese Premier League champions & 2007 Lebanese FA Cup winners)

Safa (2006–07 Lebanese Premier League runners-up)

Oman Oman (2) Al-Nahda (2006–07 Omani League champions)

Sur (2007 Sultan Qaboos Cup winners)

Yemen Yemen (2) Al-Ahli San‘a’ (2007 Yemeni League champions)

Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut (2006 Yemeni President Cup winners)

Group stage[edit]

The draw was held on 17 October 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Key to colors in group tables:

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Bahrain Al-Muharraq 6 3 2 1 14 7 7 11
India Dempo 6 3 1 2 13 12 1 10
Lebanon Al-Ansar 6 2 2 2 6 8 -2 8
Oman Sur 6 1 1 4 9 15 -6 4
2008-03-11
16:00 UTC+5:30
Dempo India 3 – 1 Lebanon Al-Ansar
Ranty Martins Soleye Goal 21' Goal 32'
Chidi Edeh Goal 62'
(Report)
(Report)
Hassan Danach Goal 89'
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Hong Kong Ng Chiu Kok
2008-03-11
18:15 UTC+3
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 3 - 2 Oman Sur
Rico Goal 24' (pen.)
Jesse John Goal 45+2'
Abdulla Al-Dakeel Goal 83'
(Report)
(Report)
Al-Gheilani Goal 35'
José Goal 39'
Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Japan Masaaki Iemoto

2008-03-18
18:00 UTC+3
Al-Ansar Lebanon 0 – 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
(Report)
(Report)
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Yemen Mukhtar Al Yarimi
2008-03-18
19:00 UTC+3
Sur Oman 3 - 2 India Dempo
Traore Goal 9'
Camara Goal 69'
Climax Lawrence Goal 80' (o.g.)
(Report)
(Report)
Ranty Martins Soleye Goal 26'
Roberto Mendes Silva Goal 62'
Nizwa Sports Complex, Nizwa
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Maldives Ali Saleem

2008-04-03
18:00 UTC+3
Al-Ansar Lebanon 1 – 0 Oman Sur
Salih Sadir Goal 28' (Report)
(Report)
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Qatar Abdullah Balideh
2008-04-03
16:00 UTC+5:30
Dempo India 0 – 4 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
(Report)
(Report)
Rico Goal 8' Goal 31' Goal 49' (pen.) Goal 59'
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Vietnam Vo Minh Tri

2008-04-16
19:15 UTC+3
Sur Oman 0 - 2 Lebanon Al-Ansar
(Report)
(Report)
Salih Sadir Goal 77' Goal 88'
2008-04-16
18:30 UTC+3
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 1 – 2 India Dempo
Rico Goal 77' (pen.) (Report)
(Report)
Ranty Martins Soleye Goal 10' Goal 62'
Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Jordan Salem Mujghef

2008-04-30
18:00 UTC+3
Al-Ansar Lebanon 1 – 1 India Dempo
Mohamad Hamoud Goal 84' (Report)
(Report)
Ranty Martins Soleye Goal 27'
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 1,950
Referee: China Tan Hai
2008-04-30
19:15 UTC+3
Sur Oman 2 - 2 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
José Goal 48'62' (Report)
(Report)
Rico Goal 45+1'
Jaycee John Okwunwanne Goal 55'
Nizwa Sports Complex, Nizwa
Attendance: 300
Referee: South Korea Choi Myung-Yong

2008-05-14
16:00 UTC+5:30
Dempo India 5 - 2 Oman Sur
Ranty Martins Soleye Goal 30' Goal 38'
Chidi Edeh Goal 64' Goal 90'
Climax Lawrence Goal 72'
(Report)
(Report)
Al-Sinani Goal 75'
Al-Harbi Goal 86'
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Australia Peter Green
2008-05-21
18:45 UTC+3
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 4 – 1 Lebanon Al-Ansar
Mahmood Abdulrahman Goal 30'
Rico Goal 51' Goal 66'
Jaycee John Okwunwanne Goal 57'
(Report) Malek Hassoun Goal 44'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Lebanon Safa 6 2 4 0 8 6 2 10
Jordan Al-Wahdat 6 1 4 1 12 12 0 7
India East Bengal 6 2 1 3 5 6 -1 7
Yemen Al-Ahli San‘a’ 6 1 3 2 3 4 -1 6




2008-04-30
15:00 UTC+5:30
East Bengal India 0 – 0 Lebanon Safa
(Report)

2008-05-21
18:00 UTC+3
Safa Lebanon 3 – 3 Jordan Al-Wahdat
Rony Azar Goal 6'
Hussein Tahan Goal 80'
Amer Khan Goal 90+5'
(Report) Rafat Ali Goal 18' Goal 63'
Fadi Faris Goal 72'
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 200
Referee: Qatar Abdulrahman Abdou

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Oman Al-Nahda 6 2 3 1 9 8 1 9
Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7
Bahrain Al-Najma 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7
Yemen Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut 6 1 3 2 7 8 -1 6
2008-03-11
19:00 UTC+3
Al-Nahda Oman 0 - 0 Bahrain Al-Najma
(Report)
(Report)

2008-03-18
18:48 UTC+3
Al-Najma Bahrain 0 – 0 Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon
(Report)
(Report)
Al-Ahli Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 500
Referee: Iran Hedayat Mombeni

2008-04-03
19:00 UTC+3
Al-Nahda Oman 1 - 1 Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon
Al-Shamsi Goal 26' (Report)
(Report)
Mustafa Shehdeh Goal 70'


2008-04-30
19:09 UTC+3
Al-Najma Bahrain 3 - 3 Oman Al-Nahda
Rashed Jamal Salem Goal 53' Goal 67' Goal 77' (Report)
(Report)
Yedibahoma Goal 6' Goal 50'
Al-Alawi Goal 38'

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Singapore Home United 6 5 0 1 18 10 8 15
Malaysia Kedah 6 4 1 1 13 8 5 13
Hong Kong South China 6 1 1 4 7 13 -6 4
Maldives Victory 6 0 2 4 3 10 -7 2
2008-03-11
20:00 UTC+8
South China Hong Kong 2 – 3 Singapore Home United
Cheng Siu Wai Goal 60' Goal 90' (AFC Report)
(AFC Report)
(HKFA Report)
Peres de Oliveira Goal 17' Goal 40'
Shi Jiayi Goal 77'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 4,673
Referee: Burma Win Cho
2008-03-11
20:45 UTC+8
Kedah Malaysia 1 – 0 Maldives Victory
Badrol Bakhtiar Goal 49' (Report)
(Report)
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Jordan Naser Al-Ghafary

2008-03-18
19:45 UTC+8
Home United Singapore 5 – 1 Malaysia Kedah
Kengne Ludovick Goal 31' Goal 58'
Shahril Ishak Goal 36'
Peres de Oliveira Goal 70' Goal 81' (pen.)
(Report)
(Report)
Mohd Shafiq Jamal Goal 12'
Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 2,693
Referee: Australia Peter Green
2008-03-18
16:00 UTC+5
Victory Maldives 0 – 0 Hong Kong South China
(Report)
(Report)

2008-04-03
20:00 UTC+8
South China Hong Kong 1 – 3 Malaysia Kedah
Cris Goal 59' (AFC Report)
(AFC Report)
(HKFA Report)
Badrol Bakhtiar Goal 31'
Marlon James Goal 65'
Saramsak Kram Goal 85'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 1,055
Referee: Japan Minoru Tōjō

2008-04-16
20:45 UTC+8
Kedah Malaysia 3 – 0 Hong Kong South China
Marlon James Goal 55'
Nelson San Martín Goal 70' Goal 85'
(Report)
(Report)
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Yemen Mukhtar Al Yarimi


2008-05-14
20:00 UTC+8
South China Hong Kong 3 – 0 Maldives Victory
Tales Schütz Goal 27'
Cris Goal 43' Goal 68'
(Report)
(Report)
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 429
Referee: South Korea Kim Dong-Jin

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Singapore SAFFC 6 4 1 1 16 4 12 13
Malaysia Perak 6 4 1 1 13 10 3 13
Hong Kong Kitchee 6 1 1 4 6 12 -6 4
Maldives New Radiant 6 1 1 4 4 13 -9 4
2008-03-11
19:45 UTC+8
SAFFC Singapore 4 – 0 Hong Kong Kitchee
Jamil Ali Goal 12'
Therdsak Chaiman Goal 25'
Aleksandar Duric Goal 37'
Wang Zhenpeng Goal 51' (o.g.)
(Report)
(Report)
Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 2,543
Referee: Vietnam Vo Minh Tri

2008-03-18
20:45 UTC+8
Perak Malaysia 1 – 6 Singapore SAFFC
Mario Esteban Berrios Goal 45+2' (pen.) (Report)
(Report)
Therdsak Chaiman Goal 8'
Aleksandar Duric Goal 45' Goal 49' Goal 71' Goal 74'
Mustaqim Manzur Goal 58'
Perak Stadium, Ipoh
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: South Korea Choi Myung Yong

2008-04-03
20:45 UTC+8
Perak Malaysia 2 – 1 Hong Kong Kitchee
Mohammad Hardi Jaafar Goal 11'
Mario Esteban Berrios Goal 90+2'
(Report)
(Report)
Goran Stankovski Goal 73'
Perak Stadium, Ipoh
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Australia Peter Green

2008-04-16
20:00 UTC+8
Kitchee Hong Kong 2 – 2 Malaysia Perak
Ip Chung Long Goal 50'
Wilfed Bamnjo Goal 84'
(Report)
(Report)
Carlos Caceres Goal 17' Goal 79'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 1,138
Referee: Uzbekistan Valentin Kovalenko
2008-04-16
19:45 UTC+8
SAFFC Singapore 1 – 1 Maldives New Radiant
John Wilkinson Goal 27' (Report)
(Report)
Assad Abdul Gani Goal 50'
Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 1,505
Referee: Iraq Kadhum Auda Lazim

2008-04-30
20:45 UTC+8
Perak Malaysia 3 – 0 Maldives New Radiant
Jorge Antonio Muñoz Goal 33' Goal 65'
Razali Umar Kandasamy Goal 90+1'
(Report)
(Report)
Perak Stadium, Ipoh
Attendance: 700
Referee: Tajikistan Dilovarshokh Orzuev
2008-04-30
20:00 UTC+8
Kitchee Hong Kong 0 – 2 Singapore SAFFC
(Report)
(Report)
Ashrin Shariff Goal 10'
Aleksandar Duric Goal 19'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 813
Referee: Sri Lanka Hettikamkanamge Perera

2008-05-14
15:45 UTC+5
New Radiant Maldives 2 – 1 Hong Kong Kitchee
Hussain Simaz Goal 62' Goal 66' (Report)
(Report)
Ahmed Nishan Goal 45+1' (o.g.)
Maldives National Stadium, Malé
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Burma Sgt. Win Cho

Best runners-up[edit]

Three best three runners-up qualify for the quarter-finals.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Malaysia Kedah 6 4 1 1 13 8 5 13
Malaysia Perak 6 4 1 1 13 10 3 13
India Dempo 6 3 1 2 13 12 1 10
Jordan Al-Wahdat 6 1 4 1 12 12 0 7
Yemen Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                       
   Bahrain Al-Muharraq 5 2 7  
 Malaysia Kedah 0 1 1  
   Bahrain Al-Muharraq (a) 0 2 2  
   Oman Al-Nahda 1 1 2  
 Singapore SAFFC 2 0 2
   Oman Al-Nahda 1 3 4  
     Bahrain Al-Muharraq 5 5 10
   Lebanon Safa 1 4 5
   Malaysia Perak 0 0 0  
 Lebanon Safa 2 5 7  
   Lebanon Safa 1 4 5
   India Dempo 0 1 1  
 India Dempo 1 4 5
   Singapore Home United 1 3 4  

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first leg matches will be played on 16 September, and the second leg matches will be played on 23 September 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Perak Malaysia 0–7 Lebanon Safa 0–2 0–5
SAFFC Singapore 2–4 Oman Al-Nahda 2-1 0-3
Dempo India 5–4 Singapore Home United 1–1 4–3
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 7–1 Malaysia Kedah 5–0 2–1

Semi-finals[edit]

The first leg matches will be played on 7 October, and the second leg matches will be played on 21 October 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Muharraq Bahrain (a)2–2 Oman Al-Nahda 0-1 2-1
Safa Lebanon 5–1 India Dempo 1–0 4–1

Final[edit]

The first and second legs of the final are scheduled to be played on 31 October and 7 November 2008, respectively.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 10-5 Lebanon Safa 5–1 5–4


AFC Cup
2008 Winners
Bahrain
Al-Muharraq
First Title

Awards[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Team Goals
1 Brazil Rico Bahrain Al-Muharraq 19
2 Singapore Aleksander Duric Singapore SAFFC 9
3 Nigeria Ranty Martins Soleye India Dempo 8
4 Bahrain Mahmood Abdulrahman Bahrain Al-Muharraq 7
Brazil Peres de Oliveira Singapore Home United
5 Togo Libambami Yedibahoma Oman Al-Nahda 6
Lebanon Rony Azar Lebanon Safa
Lebanon Mohammad Kassas Lebanon Safa
Bahrain Rashed Jamal Salem Bahrain Al-Najma
6 Singapore Shahril Ishak Singapore Home United 5
Singapore Indra Sahdan Daud Singapore Home United
Jordan Hassan Abdel Fattah Jordan Al-Wahdat
Lebanon Hussein Tahan Lebanon Safa
11 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Marlon Alex James Malaysia Kedah 4
Chile Nelson San Martin Malaysia Kedah
13 Hong Kong Cheng Siu Wai Hong Kong South China 3
Iraq Salih Sadir Lebanon Al-Ansar
Nigeria Chidi Edeh India Dempo
Togo Cris Hong Kong South China
Cameroon Kengne Ludovick Singapore Home United
Jordan Mustafa Shehdeh Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon
Brazil Beto India Dempo

External links[edit]

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