3 Years ago was played an Asian club competition final and in the same stadium and 3 years after the same stadium will host another Asian club competition final, the same team but against another rival, FC Istikol have a test of fire, a meeting with the history and the golden opportunity to win another Asian title at home.
The Central Republican stadium in Dushanbe will host for the 2nd time in their hitory an Asian Club competition final, like 3 years ago with the AFC President´s Cup Final, the local club FK Istiklol Dushanbe are just 1 step of end one of their amazing campaigns ever in their debut in the AFC Cup, they want to win it no matter what and respect the house and make all Tajikistan happy.
Both clubs are facing each other for the 1st time
2nd time that a club from Central Asia reach the AFC Cup final the 1st one was Nasaf from Uzbekitan and won it vs Kuwait SC in 2011
1st time that a Southeast Asian club reach an AFC Cup final
FC Istiklol eliminated another Malaysian club: Pahang FA
First time that Johor face a club from Central Asia and in consecuence a Tajik club
Kuala Lumpur FA(Federal Territory) from Malaysia reached the Semifinal round of the 1987 Asian Club Championship, they were near to progress to tht year final but goal difference (only 1 goal of difference) denied them that privilege, in that year Yomiuri FC from Japan played the final.
Also Pahang FA reached the semifinal league of the 1988-98 Asian Club Championship but ended last in their group(Group B)
FC Istiklol players who were AFC President´s Cup champions in 2012 and will play this year final
Alisher Tuychiev, Nuriddin Davronov, Dilshod Vasiev(Captain) , Jakhongir Jalilov, Fatkhullo Fatkuloev.
Road to the final
Pictures from 3 years ago when FC Istiklol won the AFC President´s Cup
Farhod Vasiev receiving the AFC Fair Play Award
Alisher Tuychiev receiving the AFC MVP Award