Thursday, May 28, 2015


Away Double For Kuwaiti AFC Cup Challengers

Al Wehdat v Al Qadsia 0-1 (Fahed Al Ebrahim) 10,000
Persib v Kitchee 0-2 12,352
Johor Darul Tazom v Ayeyawady United 5-0 (Safiq Rahim, Jorge Diaz 2, Luciano Figuero 2) 16,850
Al Shorta v Al Kuwait 0-2 (Abdullah Al Buraiki, Rogerio Coutinho) 165
Persipura v Pahang Cancelled

Disappointing for Persib to go out but perhaps their result against Kitchee and the fact that JDT thrashed a Myanmar side while the Maung Bandung struggled for a 3-3 draw tells us where the best Indonesian club sides are on the international stage.

There is a greater savviness, more openness at clubs in Malaysia, Hong Kong etc that allows them to take on board new ideas and try to build football clubs. All the while Indonesian clubs continue their day by day, hand to mouth existance without much in the way of leadership or vision.

Would Ilija Spasojevic have made much of a difference had he played against Kitchee? Who knows but when it comes to tactical nous I think Kitchee have the upper hand anyway and the players to nullify threats.

The following teams have reached the quarter finals:

South China
Johor Darul Tazim
Al Qadsia
Al Kuwait
Al Jaish
Pahang or Persipura fate still to be decided.

The AFC Cup now goes into hibernation for three months to miss the worst of the summer heat. The quarter final dates are:

25-26/08 & 15-16/09

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