AFC – KUALA LUMPUR, Asia’s top 16 clubs begin their quest for glory in the AFC Futsal Club Championship Thailand 2019 on Wednesday at the iconic Bangkok Arena in the Thai capital.
The 2016 runners-up Naft Al Wasat from Iraq will open the tournament in an thrilling Group B contest against three-time semi-finalists Al Rayyan Sport Club, from Qatar, at 12 noon local time.
All eyes will be on the day’s final match when host side, Port Futsal Club, mark their nine-year return to this competition when they battle debutants Star FS Seoul from Korea Republic in Group A at 7:30pm.
Kyrgyz Republic’s FC Erem and Shenzhen Nanling Tielang FC from China PR are also in action in Group A at 2:30pm before last year’s finalists Thai Son Nam from Vietnam take on Uzbekistan’s AGMK FC in Group B just hours later.
The action continues on Thursday as Islamic Republic of Iran’s Mes Sungun, who will be aiming to become the first side in the tournament’s history to defend their title, take on debutants Kazma SC of Kuwait in the day’s final match.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Nagoya Oceans (pictured above), the tournament’s most successful club with three titles, open their Group D campaign against 2017 quarter-finalists Al-Dhafra Sport & Cultural Club, from the United Arab Emirates, at 2:30pm.
Lebanon’s Bank of Beirut, who finished third in the last edition – their best-ever performance – will be hoping to continue their rich vein of form when they face Group C opponents Victoria University College FC from Myanmar, who return to the tournament after making their debut in Yogyakarta, Indonesia last year.
The host club of the 2018 edition, Vamos FC (pictured above), of Indonesia, will face the last of three debutants this year, 2018 Tajikistan Futsal League champions, Soro Company, in Group C.
The top two sides from each of the four groups will advance into the final eight, which is scheduled to take place from Wednesday, August 14. Log onto the-AFC.com to stay up to date with all the excitement at the Bangkok Arena.