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2008 AFC Cup
Tournament details
Dates 11 March – 7 November 2008
Teams 20 (from 10 associations)
Final positions
Champions Bahrain Al-Muharraq (1st title)
Runners-up Lebanon Safa
Tournament statistics
Matches played 74
Goals scored 235 (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

11 March 2008
16:00 UTC+5:30
Dempo India 3–1 Lebanon Al-Ansar
Ranty Martins Soleye Goal 21' Goal 32'
Chidi Edeh Goal 62'
(Report)
(Report)
Hassan Danach Goal 89'
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Hong Kong Ng Chiu Kok

11 March 2008
18:15 UTC+3
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 3–2 Oman Sur
Rico Goal 24' (pen.)
Jesse John Goal 45+2'
Abdulla Al-Dakeel Goal 83'
(Report)
(Report)
Al-Gheilani Goal 35'
José Goal 39'
Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Japan Masaaki Iemoto

18 March 2008
19:00 UTC+3
Sur Oman 3–2 India Dempo
Traore Goal 9'
Camara Goal 69'
Climax Lawrence Goal 80' (o.g.)
(Report)
(Report)
Ranty Martins Soleye Goal 26'
Roberto Mendes Silva Goal 62'
Nizwa Sports Complex, Nizwa
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Maldives Ali Saleem

3 April 2008
18:00 UTC+3
Al-Ansar Lebanon 1–0 Oman Sur
Salih Sadir Goal 28' (Report)
(Report)
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Qatar Abdullah Balideh

3 April 2008
16:00 UTC+5:30
Dempo India 0–4 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
(Report)
(Report)
Rico Goal 8' Goal 31' Goal 49' (pen.) Goal 59'
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Vietnam Vo Minh Tri

16 April 2008
19:15 UTC+3
Sur Oman 0–2 Lebanon Al-Ansar
(Report)
(Report)
Salih Sadir Goal 77' Goal 88'
Nizwa Sports Complex, Nizwa
Attendance: 400
Referee: United Arab Emirates Mohamed Omar Al-Saeedi

16 April 2008
18:30 UTC+3
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 1–2 India Dempo
Rico Goal 77' (pen.) (Report)
(Report)
Ranty Martins Soleye Goal 10' Goal 62'
Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Jordan Salem Mujghef

30 April 2008
18:00 UTC+3
Al-Ansar Lebanon 1–1 India Dempo
Mohamad Hamoud Goal 84' (Report)
(Report)
Ranty Martins Soleye Goal 27'
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 1,950
Referee: China Tan Hai

30 April 2008
19:15 UTC+3
Sur Oman 2–2 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
José Goal 48'62' (Report)
(Report)
Rico Goal 45+1'
Jaycee John Okwunwanne Goal 55'
Nizwa Sports Complex, Nizwa
Attendance: 300
Referee: South Korea Choi Myung-Yong

14 May 2008
16:00 UTC+5:30
Dempo India 5–2 Oman Sur
Ranty Martins Soleye Goal 30' Goal 38'
Chidi Edeh Goal 64' Goal 90'
Climax Lawrence Goal 72'
(Report)
(Report)
Al-Sinani Goal 75'
Al-Harbi Goal 86'
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Australia Peter Green

21 May 2008
18:45 UTC+3
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 4–1 Lebanon Al-Ansar
Mahmood Abdulrahman Goal 30'
Rico Goal 51' Goal 66'
Jaycee John Okwunwanne Goal 57'
(Report) Malek Hassoun Goal 44'
Bahrain National Stadium, Manama, Bahrain
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Uzbekistan Rustam Saidov

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

11 March 2008
18:00 UTC+3
Safa Lebanon 1–0 India East Bengal
Bernard Mbassi Goal 17' (Report)
(Report)
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 700
Referee: Oman Mahmood Mohd Juma Al Ghatrifi

18 March 2008
15:00 UTC+3
Al-Wahdat Jordan 3–3 Lebanon Safa
Mahmoud Shelbaieh Goal 51'
Hassan Abdel Fattah Goal 86'
Basem Fat'hi Goal 90+5'
(Report)
(Report)
Prince Bobby Goal 16'
Ramez Dayoub Goal 31'
Rony Azar Goal 83'
Prince Mohammad International Stadium, Zarqa
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: United Arab Emirates Mohamed Omar Al-Saeedi

3 April 2008
15:30 UTC+3
Al-Wahdat Jordan 0–2 India East Bengal
(Report)
(Report)
Alvito D'Cunha Goal 58'
Ikechukwu Gift Ibe Goal 69'
Prince Mohammad International Stadium, Zarqa
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Malaysia Rosdi Shaharul

16 April 2008
18:00 UTC+3
Safa Lebanon 1–0 Yemen Al-Ahli San‘a’
Hamze Abboud Goal 64' (Report)
(Report)


14 May 2008
16:15 UTC+3
Al-Ahli San‘a’ Yemen 1 –0 India East Bengal
Ali Al Nono Goal 43' (Report)
Ali Mohsen Al-Muraisi Stadium, Sana'a, Yemen
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Tajikistan Dilovarshokh Orzuev

21 May 2008
18:00 UTC+3
Safa Lebanon 3–3 Jordan Al-Wahdat
Rony Azar Goal 6'
Hussein Tahan Goal 80'
Amer Khan Goal 90+5'
(Report) Rafat Ali Goal 18' Goal 63'
Fadi Faris Goal 72'
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 200
Referee: Qatar Abdulrahman Abdou

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

11 March 2008
19:00 UTC+3
Al-Nahda Oman 0–0 Bahrain Al-Najma
(Report)
(Report)
Nizwa Sports Complex, Nizwa
Attendance: 350
Referee: Tajikistan Dilovarshokh Orzuev

18 March 2008
18:48 UTC+3
Al-Najma Bahrain 0–0 Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon
(Report)
(Report)
Al-Ahli Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 500
Referee: Iran Hedayat Mombeni

18 March 2008
16:15 UTC+3
Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut Yemen 3–1 Oman Al-Nahda
Munassar Ba-Haj Goal 44' Goal 45+1'
Murad Al-Nohi Goal 51'
(Report)
(Report)
Yedibahoma Goal 52'
Ali Mohsen Al-Muraisi Stadium, San‘a’
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Malaysia Rosdi Shaharul

3 April 2008
18:55 UTC+3
Al-Najma Bahrain 2–1 Yemen Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut
Rashed Jamal Salem Goal 8'
Adeeb Ba-Karman Goal 54' (o.g.)
(Report)
(Report)
Alaaeldin Mohamed Aly Goal 67'

3 April 2008
19:00 UTC+3
Al-Nahda Oman 1–1 Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon
Al-Shamsi Goal 26' (Report)
(Report)
Mustafa Shehdeh Goal 70'
Nizwa Sports Complex, Nizwa
Attendance: 500
Referee: Kuwait Atallah Jatli Al-Enezi

16 April 2008
15:30 UTC+3
Shabab Al-Ordon Jordan 0–1 Oman Al-Nahda
(Report)
(Report)
Yedibahoma Goal 57'
Prince Mohammad International Stadium, Zarqa
Attendance: 100
Referee: Maldives Ali Saleem

30 April 2008
19:09 UTC+3
Al-Najma Bahrain 3–3 Oman Al-Nahda
Rashed Jamal Salem Goal 53' Goal 67' Goal 77' (Report)
(Report)
Yedibahoma Goal 6' Goal 50'
Al-Alawi Goal 38'

30 April 2008
16:15 UTC+3
Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut Yemen 2–2 Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon
Khaled Al Arumi Goal 5'
Haytham Mahadi Goal 88' (pen.)
(Report)
(Report)
Mustafa Shehdeh Goal 3'
Mohannad Maharmeh Goal 45'
Ali Mohsen Al-Muraisi Stadium, San‘a’
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: United Arab Emirates Fareed Ali Mohamed Al Marzouqi

14 May 2008
15:30 UTC+3
Shabab Al-Ordon Jordan 3–2 Bahrain Al-Najma
Odai Saify Goal 9'
Mustafa Shehdeh Goal 28'
Essam Abu Touk Goal 40' (pen.)
(Report)
(Report)
Rashed Jamal Salem Goal 51' (pen.) Goal 69'

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

11 March 2008
20:00 UTC+8
South China Hong Kong 2–3 Singapore Home United
Cheng Siu Wai Goal 60' Goal 90' (AFC Report)
(AFC Report)
(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

11 March 2008
20:45 UTC+8
Kedah Malaysia 1–0 Maldives Victory
Badrol Bakhtiar Goal 49' (Report)
(Report)
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Jordan Naser Al-Ghafary

18 March 2008
19:45 UTC+8
Home United Singapore 5–1 Malaysia Kedah
Kengne Ludovick Goal 31' Goal 58'
Shahril Ishak Goal 36'
Peres de Oliveira Goal 70' Goal 81' (pen.)
(Report)
(Report)
Mohd Shafiq Jamal Goal 12'
Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 2,693
Referee: Australia Peter Green

3 April 2008
20:00 UTC+8
South China Hong Kong 1–3 Malaysia Kedah
Cris Goal 59' (AFC Report)
(AFC Report)
(HKFA Report)
Badrol Bakhtiar Goal 31'
Marlon James Goal 65'
Saramsak Kram Goal 85'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 1,055
Referee: Japan Minoru Tōjō

16 April 2008
20:45 UTC+8
Kedah Malaysia 3–0 Hong Kong South China
Marlon James Goal 55'
Nelson San Martín Goal 70' Goal 85'
(Report)
(Report)
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Yemen Mukhtar Al Yarimi

30 April 2008
19:45 UTC+8
Home United Singapore 4–1 Hong Kong South China
Shahril Ishak Goal 30' Goal 88'
Indra Sahdan Daud Goal 75'
Farhan Farook Goal 87'
(Report)
(Report)
Cheng Siu Wai Goal 80'

30 April 2008
16:00 UTC+5
Victory Maldives 1–1 Malaysia Kedah
Jorge Armando Rodriguez Arguello Goal 8' (Report)
(Report)
Marlon Alex James Goal 65'

14 May 2008
20:00 UTC+8
South China Hong Kong 3–0 Maldives Victory
Tales Schütz Goal 27'
Cris Goal 43' Goal 68'
(Report)
(Report)
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

11 March 2008
15:45 UTC+5
New Radiant Maldives 1–3 Malaysia Perak
Daniel Mbock Goal 8' (Report)
(Report)
Carlos Arturo Caceres Pino Goal 9' Goal 17'
Muhamad Khalid Jamlus Goal 38'

11 March 2008
19:45 UTC+8
SAFFC Singapore 4–0 Hong Kong Kitchee
Jamil Ali Goal 12'
Therdsak Chaiman Goal 25'
Aleksandar Duric Goal 37'
Wang Zhenpeng Goal 51' (o.g.)
(Report)
(Report)
Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 2,543
Referee: Vietnam Vo Minh Tri

18 March 2008
20:45 UTC+8
Perak Malaysia 1–6 Singapore SAFFC
Mario Esteban Berrios Goal 45+2' (pen.) (Report)
(Report)
Therdsak Chaiman Goal 8'
Aleksandar Duric Goal 45' Goal 49' Goal 71' Goal 74'
Mustaqim Manzur Goal 58'
Perak Stadium, Ipoh
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: South Korea Choi Myung Yong

18 March 2008
20:00 UTC+8
Kitchee Hong Kong 2–0 Maldives New Radiant
Wilfed Bamnjo Goal 11'
Goran Stankovski Goal 36'
(AFC Report)
(AFC Report)
(HKFA Report)
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 1,372
Referee: Oman Mahmood Mohd Juma Al-Ghatrifi

3 April 2008
20:45 UTC+8
Perak Malaysia 2–1 Hong Kong Kitchee
Mohammad Hardi Jaafar Goal 11'
Mario Esteban Berrios Goal 90+2'
(Report)
(Report)
Goran Stankovski Goal 73'
Perak Stadium, Ipoh
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Australia Peter Green

3 April 2008
15:30 UTC+5
New Radiant Maldives 0–3 Singapore SAFFC
(Report)
(Report)
Ashrin Shariff Goal 7'
Aleksandar Duric Goal 44'
Afiu Mohamed Hamid Goal 86' (o.g.)
Maldives National Stadium, Malé
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Lebanon Mohamad Mansour

16 April 2008
20:00 UTC+8
Kitchee Hong Kong 2–2 Malaysia Perak
Ip Chung Long Goal 50'
Wilfed Bamnjo Goal 84'
(Report)
(Report)
Carlos Caceres Goal 17' Goal 79'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 1,138
Referee: Uzbekistan Valentin Kovalenko

16 April 2008
19:45 UTC+8
SAFFC Singapore 1–1 Maldives New Radiant
John Wilkinson Goal 27' (Report)
(Report)
Assad Abdul Gani Goal 50'
Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 1,505
Referee: Iraq Kadhum Auda Lazim

30 April 2008
20:45 UTC+8
Perak Malaysia 3–0 Maldives New Radiant
Jorge Antonio Muñoz Goal 33' Goal 65'
Razali Umar Kandasamy Goal 90+1'
(Report)
(Report)
Perak Stadium, Ipoh
Attendance: 700
Referee: Tajikistan Dilovarshokh Orzuev

30 April 2008
20:00 UTC+8
Kitchee Hong Kong 0–2 Singapore SAFFC
(Report)
(Report)
Ashrin Shariff Goal 10'
Aleksandar Duric Goal 19'
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 813
Referee: Sri Lanka Hettikamkanamge Perera

14 May 2008
15:45 UTC+5
New Radiant Maldives 2–1 Hong Kong Kitchee
Hussain Simaz Goal 62' Goal 66' (Report)
(Report)
Ahmed Nishan Goal 45+1' (o.g.)
Maldives National Stadium, Malé
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
Yemen Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut 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]