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AFC Cup 2015

Hong Kong clubs also take part in the annual AFC Cup, the second highest inter-club competition among Asian football federations and quasi the equivalent to the UEFA Europe League. Recently, the champion of the Hong Kong Premier League is also allowed to participate in the Asian Champions League qualification (the highest Asian inter-club competition in which Japan, China, Korea and Australia are represented among others), but until now no Hong Kong club has succeeded to qualify.

FINAL STAGE

Final (1-legged, hosted by Winner of SF2)
31 Oct 2015 – SF2 vs SF1

Semi Finals (2-legged):
SF1: 29 Sep & 20 Oct 2015 – Al-Qadsia (KUW)/Al-Jaish (SYR) vs Johor Darul Takzim (MAS)/South China (HKG)
SF2: 30 Sep & 21 Oct 2015 – Al-Kuwait (KUW)/Kitchee (HKG) vs Istiklol (TJK)/Pahang (MAS)

Quarter Finals (2-legged):
25 Aug 2015 – Johor Darul Takzim (MAS) 1:1 South China (HKG)
15 Sep 2015 – South China (HKG) vs Johor Darul Takzim (MAS) – Mong Kok Stadium, 8 pm

25 Aug 2015 – Al-Qadsia (KUW) 3:0 Al-Jaish (SYR)
15 Sep 2015 –  Al-Jaish (SYR) vs Al-Qadsia (KUW)

26 Aug 2015 – Istiklol (TJK) 4:0 Pahang (MAS)
16 Sep 2015 – Pahang (MAS) vs Istiklol (TJK)

26 Aug 2015 – Al-Kuwait (KUW) 6:0 Kitchee (HKG)
16 Sep 2015 –  Kitchee (HKG) vs Al-Kuwait (KUW) – Mong Kok Stadium, 8 pm

Round of 16 (1-legged, hosted by group winner):
26 May 2015 – Persipura Jayapura (IDN) 0:3 Pahang (MAS) (forfeited)
26 May 2015 – South China (HKG) 2:0 Bengaluru FC (IND)
26 May 2015 – Istiklol (TJK) 1:1 (4:2) Al-Wahda (SYR)
26 May 2015 – Al-Wehdat (JOR) 0:1 Al-Qadsia (KUW)
27 May 2015 – Persib Bandung (IDN) 0:2 Kitchee (HKG)
27 May 2015 – Johor Darul Takzim (MAS) 5:0 Ayeyawady United (MYA)
27 May 2015 – Al-Jaish (SYR) 1:0 Al-Jazeera (JOR)
27 May 2015 – Al-Shorta (IRQ) 0:2 Al-Kuwait


GROUP STAGE

Group F (Kitchee)

 

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Johor Darul Takzim (MAS) 6 5 0 1 11 3 8 15
2 Kitchee (HKG) 6 3 2 1 10 6 4 11
3 East Bengal (IND) 6 1 2 3 8 10 −2 5
4 Balestier Khalsa (SIN) 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10 3

24 Feb 2015 – Kitchee 3:0 Balestier Khalsa
24 Feb 2015 – Johor Darul Takzim 4:1 East Bengal
10 Mar 2015 – Balestier Khalsa 0:1 Johor Darul Takzim
10 Mar 2015 – East Bengal 1:1 Kitchee
17 Mar 2015 – Balestier Khalsa 2:1 East Bengal
17 Mar 2015 – Kitchee 2:0 Johor Darul Takzim
14 Apr 2015 – East Bengal 3:0 Balestier Khalsa
14 Apr 2015 – Johor Darul Takzim 2:0 Kitchee
28 Apr 2015 – Balestier Khalsa 1:2 Kitchee
28 Apr 2015 – East Bengal 0:1 Johor Darul Takzim
12 May 2015 – Kitchee 2:2 East Bengal
12 May 2015 – Johor Darul TAkzim 3:0 Balestier Khalsa

 

Group G (South China)

 

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 South China (HKG) 6 6 0 0 19 3 16 18
2 Pahang (MAS) 6 2 2 2 11 10 1 8
3 Global FC (PHI) 6 1 2 3 5 12 −7 5
4 Yadanarbon (MYA) 6 1 0 5 10 20 −10 3

25 Feb 2015 – Yadanarbon 2:3 Pahang
25 Feb 2015 – Global FC 1:6 South China
11 Mar 2015 – South China 3:1 Yadanarbon
11 Mar 2015 – Pahang 0:0 Global FC
18 Mar 2015 – Yadanarbon 2:0 Global FC
18 Mar 2015 – Pahang 0:1 South China
15 Apr 2015 – South China 3:1 Pahang
15 Apr 2015 – Global FC 4:1 Yadanarbon
29 Apr 2015 – South China 3:0 Global FC
29 Apr 2015 – Pahang 7:4 Yadanarbon
13 May 2015 – Global FC 0:0 Pahang
13 May 2015 – Yadanarbon 0:3 South China

 



ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFICATION

As champion of Hong Kong’s 1st Division (at that time still the top tier) Kitchee entered the second of three qualification rounds for the AFC Asian Champions League (ACL). The play-off was one-legged and hosted by the club with the FA’s higher AFC ranking.

10 Feb 2015 – Chonburi (THA) 4:1 Kitchee (HKG)

If Kitchee would have won against Chonburi they would have faced Kashiwa Reysol (JAP) in the final qualification round, which eventually beat Chonburi 3-2 after extra time and qualified for the ACL. As loser, Kitchee progressed to the AFC Cup. In the case of a successful ACL qualification Sun Pegasus would have inherited Kitchee’s AFC Cup spot.

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