AFC Cupi

The AFC Cup is a football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for clubs from "developing countries" in Asia  – such as Hong Kong – deemed not strong enough for the AFC Champions League. Teams from the AFC’s West Asia division (largely the Middle East) have dominated the competition since its inception in 2004. Hong Kong’s best ever performance was Sun Hei reaching the semi-finals in 2005.

  • Long Lions lost 1-0 to PFC Sogdiana of Uzbekistan, who move on to the inter-zone final
  • Coach Roberto Losada says he is proud of how his players performed

Hong Kong team’s dogged performance just not enough in Uzbekistan, and PFC Sogdiana will now play either ATK Mohun Bagan or Kuala Lumpur City on October 5.


South Korea officially submitted its bid to host the 2023 Asian Cup following China’s withdrawal due to the coronavirus, the Korean Football Association said Thursday.

Hong Kong side beat Tainan City 3-1 to secure progression from Group J, as head coach Roberto Losada pays tribute to players after tough season – ‘I’m so proud of all of them’.

A draw against Tainan City in their final group match on Thursday will send the Long Lions into the next round of the competition for the first time.

Head coach Kenneth Kwok vows to apply lessons learned from his side’s loss to Lee Man in Buriram, as the club look to keep slim hopes of place in next phase of competition alive.

Brazilian scores in second half as Hong Kong Premier League side down Tainan City 3-1, meaning side could move on to next round depending on result of match between Eastern Long Lions and Tainan on Thursday.

Lee Man must put behind them a disappointing performance against Eastern as they need to beat Tainan City of Taiwan to keep their slim hopes alive in the 2022 AFC Cup in Buriram, Thailand on Monday.

Roberto Losada’s side will advance to the next round if they beat Tainan City of Taiwan next week, after 3-1 victory in all-Hong Kong affair.

Winners in Buriram, Thailand stand good chance of qualification from group J, with Eastern coach Roberto Losada upbeat despite a big upheaval of his squad.

Asian Football Confederation confirms that MUST CPK have withdrawn from competition and says no team will be added to group. Lee Man and Eastern Long Lions will compete with Tainan City for place in Inter-Zone semi-finals.

National soccer side have ‘headaches’ in attack and defence for Norwegian’s first match in charge, a friendly against Malaysia, before the Asian Cup qualifiers.

Jorn Andersen is scouting Kitchee and Lee Man as he mulls Asian Cup qualifiers squad, with Hong Kong players tasting first competitive action since he took charge last December.

Hong Kong club had been expecting to host playoff against Athletic 220 next month, but city’s Covid-19 lockdown forced them to ask for game to be delayed and played in neutral venue. Both requests have been denied.

Manager Chan Hiu-ming, whose side need to prepare for their AFC Cup campaign, says they have no choice but to leave city, as Covid-19 restrictions mean they cannot play or train in Hong Kong.

Captain Sam Kerr scores five in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup group opener to break former men’s international Tim Cahill’s tally, adding that it was ‘special’ to achieve it in her birthplace of India.

Fast start sees continental new boys race into 3-0 lead after just 11 minutes against Taiwan’s Tainan City at Tseung Kwan O as head-to-head record takes debutants to semi-finals.

Kitchee failed to recover from a first leg deficit as they managed a 1-1 draw against visiting Al Kuwait in the AFC Cup quarter-finals at Mong Kok Stadium last night.

South China failed to make the most of home and numerical advantage, crashing out of the AFC Cup to 10-man Johor Darul Ta’zim, of Malaysia, at Mong Kok Stadium last night.

South China coach Casemiro Mior called on fans to provide the "extra man" as the domestic heavyweights take on Johor Darul Tazim in a do-or-die AFC Cup quarter-final tie at Mong Kok Stadium tonight.

South China took the upper hand in their AFC Cup soccer quarter-final against Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim after earning a 1-1 draw in the first leg on Tuesday night in Johor Bahru.


"Is he scared of South China?" quipped Serbian defender Bojan Malisic after Johor Darul Ta'zim officials apologised for ill coach Mario Gomez's absence from Monday's pre-match press conference for their AFC Cup quarter-final first-leg clash.

South China coach Casemiro Mior is expecting to play mind games with his predecessor Mario Gomez when the Caroliners face Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim in the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup in August.

Kitchee joined South China in qualifying for the AFC Cup football quarter-finals after a 2-0 win over Persib Bandung in Indonesia on Wednesday.

It's that man again - striker Daniel McBreen hogged the headlines as South China reached the AFC Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Bengaluru of India at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night. South China must clinch victory over Indian side Bengaluru to ensure a quarter-final spot

South China sealed their top spot in group G of the AFC Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over Yadanarbon in Mandalay, Myanmar, last night.

Two defensive blunders cost Kitchee victory as East Bengal snatched a 2-2 draw in an AFC Cup group game at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night.

Kitchee's faint hopes of topping their AFC Cup group hang in the balance as they take on East Bengal of India at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night.

Kitchee captain Fernando Recio is hopeful his team can put the icing on a memorable April by clinching a berth in the last 16 of the AFC Cup by defeating Singapore's Balestier Khalsa FC at Jalan Besar Stadium tonight.

A two-goal blast early in the second half sent South China into the knockout round of the AFC Cup as they brushed aside Pahang of Malaysia 3-1 at Mong Kok Stadium on Wednesday night.

Star winger Mahama Awal, recovering from a knee injury, is unlikely to be thrown back into the fray for South China against visitors Pahang of Malaysia in a top-of-the-table AFC Cup soccer clash at Mong Kok Stadium on Wednesday night.

Kitchee have vowed to take maximum points from their top-of-the-table group clash with Malaysian side Johor Darul Ta’zim in the AFC Cup on Tuesday night.

South China proved they will be tough to beat in the AFC Cup after strolling to a 3-1 win over Myanmar side Yadanarbon at Mong Kok Stadium on Wednesday night.

South China captain Chan Wai-ho believes the Caroliners are about to hit their straps as they settle down after a busy transfer window.


High-flying Kitchee will see if they can battle on two fronts in a daunting trip to Calcutta to face East Bengal in the AFC Cup on Tuesday.

The absence of two key defenders will see Kitchee sternly tested by Singapore side Balestier Khalsa in their AFC Cup soccer opener at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night.