2008 AFC Cup

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2008 AFC Cup
Tournament details
Dates11 March – 7 November 2008
Teams20 (from 10 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsBahrain Al-Muharraq (1st title)
Runners-upLebanon Safa
Tournament statistics
Matches played74
Goals scored235 (3.18 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Rico (19 goals)
2007
2009

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


Dempo India0–4Bahrain Al-Muharraq
(Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Rico Goal 8' Goal 31' Goal 49' (pen.) Goal 59'


Sur Oman2–2Bahrain Al-Muharraq
José Goal 48'62' (Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Rico Goal 45+1'
Jaycee John Okwunwanne Goal 55'

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




East Bengal India0–0Lebanon Safa
(Report)

Safa Lebanon3–3Jordan Al-Wahdat
Rony Azar Goal 6'
Hussein Tahan Goal 80'
Amer Khan Goal 90+5'
(Report) Ra'fat Ali Goal 18' Goal 63'
Fadi Faris Goal 72'

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




Al-Najma Bahrain3–3Oman Al-Nahda
Rashed Jamal Salem Goal 53' Goal 67' Goal 77' (Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
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
South China Hong Kong2–3Singapore Home United
Cheng Siu Wai Goal 60' Goal 90' (AFC Report)
(AFC Report)[permanent dead link]
(HKFA Report)
Peres de Oliveira Goal 17' Goal 40'
Shi Jiayi Goal 77'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 4,673
Referee: Myanmar Win Cho





South China Hong Kong3–0Maldives Victory
Tales Schütz Goal 27'
Cris Goal 43' Goal 68'
(Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
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

Perak Malaysia1–6Singapore SAFFC
Mario Esteban Berrios Goal 45+2' (pen.) (Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Therdsak Chaiman Goal 8'
Aleksandar Duric Goal 45' Goal 49' Goal 71' Goal 74'
Mustaqim Manzur Goal 58'
Attendance: 5,000


Kitchee Hong Kong2–2Malaysia Perak
Ip Chung Long Goal 50'
Wilfed Bamnjo Goal 84'
(Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Carlos Caceres Goal 17' Goal 79'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 1,138

Kitchee Hong Kong0–2Singapore SAFFC
(Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Ashrin Shariff Goal 10'
Aleksandar Duric Goal 19'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 813

New Radiant Maldives2–1Hong Kong Kitchee
Hussain Simaz Goal 62' Goal 66' (Report)
(Report)
Ahmed Nishan Goal 45+1' (o.g.)
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Myanmar 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
Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

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