2004 AFC Cup

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The 2004 AFC Cup was the 1st edition of the AFC Cup, playing between clubs from nations who are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Qualification[edit]

The 'developing' 14 nations in the Asian Football Confederation were invited to nominate one or two clubs to participate in the 2004 competition.

West Asia

Syria Syria (2) Al-Jaish (2002–03 Syrian League champions)
Al-Wahda (2002–03 Syrian Cup winners)
Lebanon Lebanon (2) Olympic Beirut (2002–03 Lebanese Premier League champions & 2003 Lebanese FA Cup winners)
Al-Nejmeh (2002–03 Lebanese Premier League runners-up)
Oman Oman (1) Dhofar (2002–03 Omani League champions)
Yemen Yemen (1) Al-Sha'ab Ibb (2002–03 Yemeni League champions)
Al-Wahda Sana'a (2002 Yemeni League champions)

East Asia

Hong Kong Hong Kong (1)
Happy Valley (2002–03 Hong Kong First Division League champions)

Central and Southern Asia

Bangladesh Bangladesh (1) Muktijoddha Sangsad (2003 Bangladesh National Football Championship champions & 2003 Bangladesh Federation Cup winners)
Mohammedan (2003 Bangladesh National Football Championship runners-up)
India India (2) East Bengal (2002–03 Indian National Football League champions)
Mahindra United (2003 Indian Federation Cup winners)
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan (2) Nisa Aşgabat (2003 Turkmenistan League champions)
Nebitçi Balkanabat (2003 Turkmenistan Cup winners)

ASEAN

Maldives Maldives (2) Valencia (2003 Dhivehi League champions)
Island FC (2003 Maldives FA Cup winners)
Malaysia Malaysia (2) Perak (2003 Malaysia Premier 1 League champions)
Negeri Sembilan (2003 Malaysia FA Cup winners)
Singapore Singapore (2) Home United (2003 S.League champions & 2003 Singapore Cup winners)
Geylang United (2003 S.League runners-up)

Group stage[edit]

Key to colors in group tables:

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 16 6 5 1 0 11 2 +9
Turkmenistan Nisa Aşgabat 7 5 2 1 2 3 4 −1
Yemen Al-Sha'ab Ibb 7 5 2 1 2 7 7 0
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad 1 6 0 1 5 2 10 −8

11 February 2004
Al-Nejmeh 3 –0 Al-Sha'ab Ibb
Ivanković Goal 62'
Nasseredine Goal 82'89'
(Report)
Sports City, Beirut, Lebanon
Attendance: 300
Referee: Abdulrahman Abdou Qatar

11 February 2004
Nisa Aşgabat 1 –0 Muktijoddha Sangsad
Nazarov Goal 69' (pen.) (Report)
Nisa Stadium, Asgabat, Turkmenistan
Attendance: 500
Referee: Ali Al Mutlaq (Saudi Arabia)





1Al Sha'ab Ibb were awarded a 3-0 win as Muktijoddha Sangsad KS did not show up for the match.
2The match was cancelled after a general strike in Yemen left Al Sha'ab Ibb unable to show up for the match.

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Syria Al-Wahda (Damascus) 8 4 2 2 0 8 2 +6
Oman Dhofar 4 4 1 1 2 6 7 -1
India Mahindra United 4 4 1 1 2 5 10 −5

Al-Wahda (San'a') withdrew after not obtaining financial support from Yemen's Ministry of Sports and Youth for their trip to Damascus where they were to play their first match away at Al-Wahda (Damascus); they were ejected from the competition and banned from the next edition of the AFC Cup for which they qualify.

February 25, 2004
Dhofar 1-1 Al-Wahda (Damascus)
Al-Ghafri Goal 83' (Report) Al-Shihmih Goal 22'
Nisa Stadium, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Attendance: 100
Referee: A Al-Enezi

April 7, 2004
Mahindra United 0–0 Al-Wahda (Damascus)
(Report)
Sports City, Beirut, Lebanon
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: M Moradi

May 5, 2004
Dhofar 4-2 Mahindra United
Saif Sultan Goal 27'47'
Mohammed Al Shidad Goal 35'
Gabriel Goal 61'
(Report) Felix Abaoagye 55'
Raphael Patron Akakpo 80'
Sports City, Beirut, Lebanon
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: F Al Marzouqi

Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Syria Al-Jaish (Damascus) 8 4 2 2 0 8 0 +8
Lebanon Olympic Beirut 7 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1
Turkmenistan Nebitçi Balkanabat 1 4 0 1 3 1 10 -9

Mohammedan SC (Dhaka) withdrew for unknown reasons, possibly in relation with the scandalous incidents in the Dhaka League.



May 5, 2004
Al-Jaish (Damascus) 2–0 Olympic Beirut
Ahmad Omaier 8'
Zyad Chaabo 86'
(Report)
Sports City, Beirut, Lebanon
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: F Al Marzouqi

Group D[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Singapore Home United FC 14 6 4 2 0 19 5 +13
Malaysia Perak FA 14 6 4 2 0 11 6 +6
Hong Kong Happy Valley 3 6 1 0 5 7 14 -7
Maldives Valencia FC 3 6 1 0 5 3 15 -12

February 11, 2004
Home United FC 5–1 Happy Valley
Egmar Goncalves 30', 66', 72'
Peres De Oliveira 53'
Indra Sahdan Daud 61'
(Report) Martin Jancula 69'
Bishan Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 369
Referee: K Matsumura

February 11, 2004
Perak FA 2–0 Valencia FC
Frank Seator 45', 60' (Report)
Perak Stadium, Ipoh, Malaysia
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: M Al Yarimi

February 25, 2004
Valencia FC 0–3 Home United FC
(Report) Egmar Goncalves 37', 43
Peres De Oliveira 60'
National Stadium, Malé, Maldives
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: S Sarkar

February 25, 2004
Happy Valley 1–2 Perak FA
Gerard Guy Ambassa 6' (Report) Frank Seator 72'
Muhamad Khalid Jamlus 80'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: C Win

April 6, 2004
Valencia FC 2–1 Happy Valley
Ali Ashfag 73', 60' (Report) Lawrence Akandu 50'
National Stadium, Malé, Maldives
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: S Mujghef

April 20, 2004
Home United FC 2–2 Perak FA
Sutee Suksomkit 7' (pen)
Liew Kit Kong 35' (og)
(Report) Muhamad Khalid Jamlus 14'
V. Saravanan 90'
Bishan Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: A Albadwawi

April 21, 2004
Happy Valley 3–1 Valencia FC
Lawrence Akandu 2', 42'
Gerard Guy Ambassa 82'
(Report) Ali Ashfag 72'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 500
Referee: Tan Hai

May 5, 2004
Valencia FC 0–1 Perak FA
(Report) Luciano Goux 41'
National Stadium, Male, Maldives
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: R Gosh

May 5, 2004
Happy Valley 0–2 Home United FC
(Report) Indra Sahdan Daud 15'
Peres De Oliveira 90'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: B Williams

May 19, 2004
Home United FC 5–0 Valencia FC
Indra Sahdan Daud 32', 45', 71'
Mohamed Nizam 78' (og)
Peres De Oliveira 90'
(Report)
Bishan Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 600
Referee: M Mansour

May 19, 2004
Perak FA 2–1 Happy Valley
Frank Seator 71'
Muhamad Khalid Jamlus 80'
(Report) Gerard Guy Ambassa 6'
Perak Stadium, Ipoh
Attendance: 208
Referee: S Tongkhan

Group E[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
India East Bengal Club (Calcutta) 13 6 4 1 1 14 8 +6
Singapore Geylang United FC 13 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7
Malaysia Negeri Sembilan FA 6 6 2 0 4 11 9 +2
Maldives Island FC 3 6 1 0 5 2 17 -15

February 10, 2004
Negeri Sembilan FA 6–0 Island FC
Duke Effiong 19', 64', 71'
Abdul Razak Ekpoki 30', 90'
K. Rajan 28'
(Report)
Perak Stadium, Ipoh, Malaysia
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: M Al Yarimi

February 24, 2004
Island FC 0–5 Geylang United FC
(Report) Mohd Hafiz Rahim 5'
Razali Johari 44'
Nahar Daud 49'
Mohd Noor Ali 67', 84'
National Stadium, Malé, Maldives
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: S Sarkar

April 7, 2004
Negeri Sembilan FA 0–1 Geylang United FC
(Report) Aleksandar Duric 10'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 200
Referee: A Al-Enezi



Best runners-up[edit]

Two best runners-up, one from groups A, B and C and two from groups D and E, qualify for the quarter finals.

Group A, B, C (West & Central Asia Zone)[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Lebanon Olympic Beirut 7 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1
Turkmenistan Nisa Aşgabat 7 5 2 1 2 3 4 -1
Oman Dhofar 4 4 1 1 2 6 7 -1

Group D, E (East, South & South East Asia Zone)[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Malaysia Perak FA 14 6 4 2 0 12 6 +6
Singapore Geylang United FC 13 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Wahda (Damascus) Syria 14-4 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh Beirut 2-1 2-3
Perak FA Malaysia 3-5 Singapore Geylang United FC 1-2 2-3
East Bengal Club (Calcutta) India 0-3 Syria Al-Jaish (Damascus) 0-0 0-3
Olympic Beirut Lebanon 4-5 Singapore Home United FC 3-3 1-2

1 Al-Wahda (Damascus) (Syria) won on away goals.

First leg




Second leg




Semi finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Wahda (Damascus) Syria 2-1 Singapore Geylang United FC 1-1 1-0
Al-Jaish (Damascus) Syria 6-1 Singapore Home United FC 4-0 2-1

First leg


Second leg


Finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Wahda (Damascus) Syria
  • 3-3
Syria Al-Jaish (Damascus) 2-3 1-0

First leg

Second leg

2004 AFC Cup Winners
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Al-Jaish
First title

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2  F1   F2  Total
1 Singapore Indra Sahdan Daud Singapore Home United 1 1 3 2 7
Singapore Egmar Goncalves Singapore Home United 3 2 1 1 7
3 Brazil Cristiano Júnior India East Bengal 2 2 1 1 6
Liberia Frank Seator Malaysia Perak 2 1 1 1 1 6
Lebanon Mohammad Kassas Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 1 2 1 1 1 6
6 Guinea Moussa Traoré Syria Al-Wahda 2 1 1 1 5
Bosnia and Herzegovina Aleksandar Durić Singapore Geylang United 1 1 1 1 1 5

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