This week are the 2nd legs of the AFC Cup and FC Istiklol heads to Malaysia to resolve without any problem the tie and qualify for the semifinals in their competition debut,
Pahang vs FC Istiklol
In the 1st leg played at the Republican Central stadium in Dushanbe they won 4-0, they did an amazing match and they showed a very good collective game, With this victory Istiklol position themselves as favorites for the title, they are near to emulate the same campaign that they did 3 years ago when they won the AFC ´President´s Cup at home soil, in 2012 the AFC President´s Cup Final round was played in Dushanbe and Istiklol won it in great style, now this group of players want to make the same and bring the AFC Cup troph to Dushanbe but first they must progress to the semifinals and wait for their next rival who will be Kitchee from Hong Kong or Kuwait SC from Kuwait.
Here are some pictures from the 1st leg
In other matches Kitchee is virtually eliminated because in the 1st leg they lose 6-0 vs Kuwait SC so this makes Kuwait SC as the next opponent of Istiklol.
The other representative from Hong Kong, South China plays at home vs Johor s and they are aiming to reach the semifinals like they did in 2009 while the Malaysians who were recently crowned Malaysian Super League champion also dreams to progress to the semifinals in their competition debut.