The AFC Cup has, over the years, cemented its status as the second most prestigious club competition in Asia, behind only the AFC Champions League. The 2018 edition was won by Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, who lifted their third title.
Kaya FC Iloilo are set to return in the AFC Cup after two years of absence through their dramatic triumph in the Copa Paulino Alcantara final after Jovin Bedic scored a late 118th minute winner in the second half of extra time.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) general-secretary Stuart Ramalingam confirmed the national body are not appealing for clubs to gain automatic entry to the AFC Cup for next season, but for the next cycle in 2020.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are trying to get an AFC Cup slot for Malaysian teams, in the case the club competing in the Asian Champions League (ACL) qualifiers fails to make it to the tournament proper.
Fresh from a grueling trip to Pyongyang, North Korea for their AFC Cup Inter-zonal final second leg against 4.25 SC, Home United midfielder Aqhari Abdullah describes what those six days of isolation felt like.