August 5 – The AFC Cup 2022 enters the knockout stage early next week with 12 clubs competing for a place in the final on October 22.
The AFC Cup is the Asian region’s club competition for developing countries, and due to the vast geography of Asia, is played initially in its zonal regions before the regional winners compete in the final knockout rounds.
The ASEAN Zonal Semi-finals will see PSM Makassar of Indonesia, take on Kedah Darul Aman of Malaysia at the Capt. I Wayan Dipta Stadium on August 9.
Meanwhile, Vietnam’s Viettel FC and Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur FC square off the next day, at the Thong Nhat Stadium. The winners of this match will host the ASEAN Zonal Final on August 24.
In the Central Zonal Final, FC Khujand from Tajikistan, in the knock-out stage for the first time, will host PFC Sogdiana from Uzbekistan at the 20 Years Independence of Tajikistan Stadium on August 17.
The winners will join Eastern Long Lions from Hong Kong and ATK Mohun Bagan from India – the East and South Zonal winners respectively – as well as the ASEAN Zonal champions in the Inter-Zone Semi-finals scheduled for September 6 and 7.
In the West Zone Semi-finals, Kuwait’s Arabi SC hosts Oman’s Al Seeb Club at the Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on September 5 while the all-Bahraini contest takes place between East Riffa and Al Riffa the following day. The West Zonal final will be played October 4.
The AFC Cup Final will be played at the home of the Inter-Zone champions against the West Zone winners on October 22.
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