September 21 – The AFC Cup has returned to action with the first of the semi finals in West zone seeing Muharraq Club of Bahrain knocking out reigning champions Al Ahed FC of Lebanon.
Tonight Kuwait SC play Jordan’s Al Salt in the second West zone semi-final. The Inter-Zone semi-final on Wednesday will see Uzbekistan’s FC Nasaf hosting India’s ATK Mohun Bagan, with the winners to play Hong Kong’s Lee Man in the Inter-Zone Final on October 20.
Muharraq’s 3-0 win over Al Ahed was an emphatic victory for the Bahrainis who surged to victory in the second half having gone in at the break with the scores 0-0.
Goals from Moses Jona, Ahmed Al Sherooqi and Abdulla Al Hayki in added time secured the win for the 2008 champions.
The AFC Cup is the confederation’s second club competition providing a regional competition platform for club sides predominantly from emerging nations. The 2020 edition of the competition was cancelled while the current edition has seen a number of schedule changes, particularly in the East zone where travel restrictions, quarantine rules and the varying rates of covid-19 spread have proved challenging. To get this far with the competition has been a significant achievement as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) completes on its commitment to get its competitions played.
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