Central Asia, Asean and East zone
It was a day of historic victories for Altyn Asyr, Boeungkey and April 25, a day to remembere for these 3 clubs.
Historic performance for Altyn Asyr from Turkmenistan getting an amazing 2-1 away victory in their 2nd consecutive participation in the group stage and Istiklol began their campaign with the right foot after winning 2-0 at home to Dordoi
For both Kyrgyz clubs it wasn´t a good start because they lost, one at home and other away but Dordoi is a strong team at home and they will be aiming to get their first victory in the next match
In the Asean zone Boeungket recorded an historic home victory 2-0 in their debut in the competition against Magwe from Myanmar
In the South zone Maziya won in Bangladesh 2-0 vs Abahani, this was the return of Abahani in AFC competitions, the last time they played was in 2013 in the now defunct AFC President´s Cup. They follow the footsteps of Shaikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd who played last year in this same stage.
In the East zone it was an amazing comeback from a North Korean club in an AFC competition, the last time that a club from North Korea featured in an AFC competition was in 2014 in the now defunct AFC President´s Cup where Rimyonsu reached the final only losing it vs MTTU from Turkmenistan
April 25 had a dream start in their debut in the AFC Cup winning 6-0 to Erchim from Mongolia in a group where for the first time in the history of the competition and also of North Korean football, 2 clubs from that country are part of the same group, (Group I) the other is Kigwancha. The last encounter between North Koreans and Mongolians was also in the 2014 AFC President´s Cup in Sri Lanka where Erchim suffered a heavy defeat against another North Korean club like Rimyonsu, 5-0 was the score in favour of Rimyonsu.