AFC Cup 2017 Preliminary round Central zone

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Shaheen Asmayee vs Khosilot

Venue: Republican Central Stadium, Dushanbe
2ndLeg: February 7 (also in Tajikistan)

Shaheen Asmayee from Afghanistan vs Khosilot from Tajikistan will make their debut in the competition when they play each other in Dushanbe this Tuesday, Shaheen is the first club from Afghanistan to play in an AFC competition, they´ve dominated the Afgan league and they´ve won it 3 times, Shaheen´s coach is Tajik, Boir Igamberdiev.

After doing an excellent campaign in the Tajik league last year finishing as runner-up now Khosilot wants to become a protagonist in the competition, Khosilot is now part of the list of Tajik clubs that have take part in the AFC Cup after Regar TadAZ, Ravshan, FK Khudjand and Istiklol have participated in previous years.

 

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Dordoi Bishkek vs Balkan (Turkmenistan)

Venue: Akhmatbek Suyinbaev Stadium, Osh, Kyrgyzstan
2nd Leg: February 7

This match is a clash between 2 traditional and successful Central Asian teams, Dordoi returns to the AFC Cup after 2 years of absence, their last preliminary match of Drdoi was against another Turkmen club, Ahal who went to reach the group stage in that year and Dordoi lost that match in Ashgabat 1-0 now they will receive Balkan in Osh, rather than in their traditional stadium that is the Spartak stadium in Bishkek

Balkan will play for the second time in a row the AFC Cup, last year they lost in the qualifying playoff 2-0 vs Al Wahda from Syria, they´re well remembered for always featuring in the now defunct AFC President´s Cup and their biggest success was  winning that competition in 2013.

Balkan now is part of the list of Turkmen clubs that will play AFC Cup after Ahal, FC Merw. MTTU Ashgabat and Altyn Asyr

 

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