The AFC Cup is back with the playoff stage and there are many debutant teams who are aiming to progress for the 1st time to the AFC Cup Group Stage and also some experienced teams who want to return after many years of absence.
Al Hidd vs K-Electric
Venue: Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
Al Hidd from Bahrain participated in the last 2 editions and wish to make it 3 in a row. their best result was in 2014 when they reach the quarterfinals
K-Electric who won the Group A of the qualifying playoff back in August is taking place, following the footsteps of KRL FC, once AFC President´s Cup finalists in 2013, they entered in the history books as becoming the 1st club from Pakistan to progress in a qualifying round of the AFC Cup.
Al Wahda vs Balkan
Venue: Saida Municipal Stadium, Saida
Balkan from Turkmenistan, AFC President´s Cup winner in 2013 wants to reach the higher level and become the 2nd Turkmen club to qualify for the group stage, they have played against Syrian opposition previously as Nebitchi Balkanabat only in twice opportinity, in the inaugural season in 2004 they played vs Al Jaish, in the game played in Ashgabat they lose 6-0 but in Oman they drew 0-0.
Alhi Al Khaleel vs FK Khudjand
Venue: Dura Stadium, Hebron, Hebron
FK Khudjand from Tajikistan are back in the AFC Competitions after 16 years of absence, last time was in the 1999-2000 Asian Cup Winners Cup, but this is their debut in the AFC Cup and in their 1st shot they want to prevail and qualify, they count with many experienced players like the goalkeeper Alisher Tuychiev, who won the AFC President´s Cup in 2012 with FK Istiklol Dushanbe, also other players with Istiklol background and who won the AFC President´s Cup are forward Farkhod Tokhirov, defender Eraj Rajabov, also experienced defender Daler Tukhtasunov, they are very motivated to qualify, its the 1st time they play vs a Palestine club, also for Alhi Al Khaleel from the city of Hebron this is their debut in AFC Competitions.
Encounters between Tajik and Palestine clubs were most of the times at the AFC President´s Cup where Tajiks have been always victorious, Istiklol played against twice vs Shabab Al Amari, in the group stage won 1-0 and in the final played in Dushanbe in 2012 they won 2-1, in 2011 Istiklol played vs Jabal Al Mukaber and won 2-0, this is the 2nd time that a club from Palestine and Tajikistan will play each other in the AFC Cup.
Tripoli vs Alay Osh
Venue: Tripoli Municipal Stadium, Tripoli
Alay Osh is back in the competition after their maiden debut in 2014, this time the 2 time Kyrgyz champions will play vs Tripoli from Lebanon who only played in the inaugural edition in 2004 where they reach the quarterfinals, this is the 1st time that both teams will play each other and its the 1st time that clubs from Lebanon and Kyrgyztan are facing each other in the AFC Cup, after Alga Bishkek couldn´t qualify tothis stage after losing in the qualifying playoff back in August, Alay wants to fly the flag again for Kyrgyzstan in the competition.