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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 6:02:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 6:05:55 PM

Kelantan face tough draw in AFC Cup

The Kelantan team training in a file photo. They will face Yangon United (Myanmar), Ninh Binh (Vietnam) and either South China FC or Sun Pegasus of Hong Kong in Group G of the 2014 AFC Cup.

The Kelantan team training in a file photo. They will face Yangon United (Myanmar), Ninh Binh (Vietnam) and either South China FC or Sun Pegasus of Hong Kong in Group G of the 2014 AFC Cup.

PETALING JAYA: Kelantan can expect strong opposition from Myanmar, Vietnam and Hong Kong when the the 2014 AFC Cup competition kicks off in February.

The draw, held at the AFC House in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday, pits the Red Warriors against Yangon United (Myanmar), Ninh Binh (Vietnam) and either South China FC or Sun Pegasus of Hong Kong in Group G.

Team manager Azman Ibrahim said that all the teams are champions of their respective national leagues.

“South China FC will play in the AFC Champions League Playoffs. If they fail to make the cut, they will join our group. So, the quality of the teams are all very high,” said Azman, who is hoping that the east coast side will get past the quarter-final stage for the first time.

Malaysia’s other representative in the AFC Cup – Selangor – are in Group F with Arema Indonesia (Indonesia), Maziya SC (Maldives) and either Ha Noi T&T or SHB Da Nang of Vietnam.

The AFC Cup group matches are scheduled from Feb 25-April 23, followed by the round of 16 (May 13/14), quarter-finals (Sept 16/24), semi-finals (Sept 30/Oct 21) and final (Nov 1).

The Groupings

WEST ZONE

Group A: Suwaiq/Saham (Oman), That Ras Club (Jor), Safa (Leb), Ravshan (Tjk)/Yarmouk (Yem)

Group B: Kuwait SC/Al Arabi (Kuw), Fanja (Omn), Al Jaish (Syr), Nejmeh (Leb)

Group C: Al-Hidd (Bah)/Manama (Bah), Al Qadsia/Nasaf (Kuw), Al Shorta/Air Force (Irq), Al Wahda (Syr)

Group D: Shabab Ordon/Wehdat (Jor), Riffa (Bah), Arbil (Irq), Shabab Al-Dhahiriya (Ple)/FC Alay Osh (Kgz)

EAST ZONE

Group E: Persipura Jayapura (Ina), Home United (Sin), New Radiant SC (Mdv), Churchill Brothers (Ind)

Group F: Ha Noi T&T (Vie)/SHB Da Nang (Vie), Arema Indonesia (Ina), Selangor (Mas), Maziya (Mdv)

Group G: Yangon United (Mya), Ninh Binh (Vie), South China/Pegasus (Hkg), Kelantan (Mas)

Group H: Tampines Rovers (Sin)/Balestier Khalsa (Sin), Naypyitaw (Mya), Pune FC/East Bengal (Ind), Kitchee (Hkg).

Tags / Keywords: football, AFC Cup, Kelantan, Selangor, draw

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