2008 AFC Cup

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.

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

Qualified teamsEdit

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 (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 (2) Dempo (2006–07 Indian National Football League champions)

East Bengal (2007 Indian Federation Cup winners)

  Maldives (2) Victory (2007 Dhivehi League champions)

New Radiant (2007 Maldives FA Cup winners)

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

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

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

Home United (2007 S.League runners-up)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sur (2007 Sultan Qaboos Cup winners)

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

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

Group stageEdit

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

Key to colors in group tables:

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Al-Muharraq 6 3 2 1 14 7 +7 11
  Dempo 6 3 1 2 13 12 +1 10
  Al-Ansar 6 2 2 2 6 8 −2 8
  Sur 6 1 1 4 9 15 −6 4
Al-Muharraq  3–2  Sur
Rico   24' (pen.)
Jesse John   45+2'
Abdulla Al-Dakeel   83'
(Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Al-Gheilani   35'
José   39'


Dempo  0–4  Al-Muharraq
(Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Rico   8'   31'   49' (pen.)   59'

Al-Muharraq  1–2  Dempo
Rico   77' (pen.) (Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Ranty Martins Soleye   10'   62'

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

Dempo  5–2  Sur
Ranty Martins Soleye   30'   38'
Chidi Edeh   64'   90'
Climax Lawrence   72'
(Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Al-Sinani   75'
Al-Harbi   86'
Al-Muharraq  4–1  Al-Ansar
Mahmood Abdulrahman   30'
Rico   51'   66'
Jaycee John Okwunwanne   57'
(Report) Malek Hassoun   44'

Group BEdit

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





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

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Al-Nahda 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9
  Shabab Al-Ordon 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7
  Al-Najma 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7
  Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut 6 1 3 2 7 8 −1 6




Al-Najma  3–3  Al-Nahda
Rashed Jamal Salem   53'   67'   77' (Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Yedibahoma   6'   50'
Al-Alawi   38'

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Home United 6 5 0 1 18 10 +8 15
  Kedah 6 4 1 1 13 8 +5 13
  South China 6 1 1 4 7 13 −6 4
  Victory 6 0 2 4 3 10 −7 2
South China  2–3  Home United
Cheng Siu Wai   60'   90' (AFC Report)
(AFC Report)[permanent dead link]
(HKFA Report)
Peres de Oliveira   17'   40'
Shi Jiayi   77'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 4,673
Referee:   Win Cho

Home United  5–1  Kedah
Kengne Ludovick   31'   58'
Shahril Ishak   36'
Peres de Oliveira   70'   81' (pen.)
(Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Mohd Shafiq Jamal   12'
Attendance: 2,693
Referee:   Peter Green




South China  3–0  Victory
Tales Schütz   27'
Cris   43'   68'
(Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 429
Referee:   Kim Dong-Jin

Group EEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  SAFFC 6 4 1 1 16 4 +12 13
  Perak 6 4 1 1 13 10 +3 13
  Kitchee 6 1 1 4 6 12 −6 4
  New Radiant 6 1 1 4 4 13 −9 4

Perak  1–6  SAFFC
Mario Esteban Berrios   45+2' (pen.) (Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Therdsak Chaiman   8'
Aleksandar Duric   45'   49'   71'   74'
Mustaqim Manzur   58'
Attendance: 5,000


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

Kitchee  0–2  SAFFC
(Report)
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Ashrin Shariff   10'
Aleksandar Duric   19'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 813

New Radiant  2–1  Kitchee
Hussain Simaz   62'   66' (Report)
(Report)
Ahmed Nishan   45+1' (o.g.)

Best runners-upEdit

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

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Kedah 6 4 1 1 13 8 +5 13
  Perak 6 4 1 1 13 10 +3 13
  Dempo 6 3 1 2 13 12 +1 10
  Al-Wahdat 6 1 4 1 12 12 0 7
  Shabab Al-Ordon 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
               
1   Al-Muharraq 5 2 7
8   Kedah 0 1 1
  Al-Muharraq (a) 0 2 2
  Al-Nahda 1 1 2
4   SAFFC 2 0 2
5   Al-Nahda 1 3 4
  Al-Muharraq 5 5 10
  Safa 1 4 5
3   Perak 0 0 0
6   Safa 2 5 7
  Safa 1 4 5
  Dempo 0 1 1
2   Dempo 1 4 5
7   Home United 1 3 4

Quarter-finalsEdit

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   0–7   Safa 0–2 0–5
SAFFC   2–4   Al-Nahda 2–1 0–3
Dempo   5–4   Home United 1–1 4–3
Al-Muharraq   7–1   Kedah 5–0 2–1

Semi-finalsEdit

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   (a)2–2   Al-Nahda 0–1 2–1
Safa   5–1   Dempo 1–0 4–1

FinalEdit

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   10–5   Safa 5–1 5–4


AFC Cup
2008 Winners
 
Al-Muharraq
First Title

AwardsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

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

External linksEdit