One of the most attractive groups is about to start, traditional powerhouses will clash like Istiklol and Dordoi and also Alay who is their 2nd appearance in the competition and Altyn Asyr who will try to surprise everyone and aim to progress to the next stage.
2 teams that oftenly played the now defunct AFC President´s Cup will now meet in the AFC Cup, for Dordoi its the 1st time that are playing the group stage stage while for Istiklol this is their 4rd consecutive appearance in the group stage.
FC Istiklol (TJK) v Dordoi FC (KGZ)
Venue: Republican Central Stadium, Dushanbe
FC Alay (KGZ) v Altyn Asyr (TKM)
Venue: Akhmatbek Suyinbaev Stadium, Osh