The new edition of the AFC President’s Cup brings many new things, one of them are that this year many teams are making their debut in the competition, including the North Korean champion Rimyongsu, It has been a very long time that a club from DPR Korea hasnt appeared in an AFC competition and im very curious about how they will perform in this competition.
The defending champions Balkan Balkanabat wont compete this year because they couldnt win the Turkmenistan League, HTTU Ashgatat were crowned Turkmenistan League champions last year.
Now HTTU Ashgabat have the big responsability to fly the flag for Turkmenistan because they are favorites to win the tournament, their last participation were in 2010. the other favorites in my own opinion are KRL from Pakistan (finalist who lose against Balkan) , Erchim from Mongolia and Tatung from Chinese Taipei and Manang from Nepal
Erchim made an impressive and very good campaign last year reching the final stage and Tatung are returning to the competion after 7 years of absence.
This is the list of debutant teams this year
Sheikh Russel (Bangladesh)
Ugyen Academy (Bhutan)
Svay Rieng (Cambodia)
Rimyongsu (DPR Korea)
Sri Lanka Air Force (Sri Lanka)
Group stage: 1–11 May 2014
- Matches scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka.
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- Matches scheduled to be played in the Philippines.
- Matches scheduled to be played in Mongolia.
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