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babubangla
March 16, 2005, 02:37 PM
Muktijoddha Lost to Al-Faisali - Jordan by 3-0 today at BNS.
As mentioned in Bangladesherkhela.com report, Muktijoddha had to play with 10 players for almost the whole 2nd Half. Defender Rajani was Red-carded at 48th minute of the game. On the other match of the group today, East Bengla lost to Nebitchi - Turkmenistan by 3-2.

Here is the updated group Standing:
Team M--W--D--L--F--A--P
Al Faysali (JOR) 2--1--1--0--4--1--4
Nebitchi (TKM) 2--1--1--0--4--3--4
East Bengal (IND) 2--0--1--1--2--3--1
Muktijoddha (BAN) 2--0--1--1--0--3--1

babubangla
March 16, 2005, 02:40 PM
Brother Union is also playing today against Al-Nejmeh - Lebanon in their away match. In the 1st home match Brothers tied with Nisa - Turkmenistan 1-1.
Brother vs. Nejmeh match is correnly uderway and match results will be available with in next hour.

Edited on, March 16, 2005, 7:41 PM GMT, by babubangla.

AsifTheManRahman
March 16, 2005, 02:41 PM
oops...got the format wrong :(

Edited on, March 16, 2005, 7:41 PM GMT, by AsifTheManRahman.

babubangla
March 16, 2005, 02:50 PM
Originally posted by AsifTheManRahman
oops...got the format wrong :(

Edited on, March 16, 2005, 7:41 PM GMT, by AsifTheManRahman.

It's too early to call. Its a home and away based league. Muktijoddah has 4 teams in their group and so they will play 6 matches in total. But considering the strength of the middle-eastern teams, Muktijoddah has little chance.

But Brothers has 3 teams in their group and so they will play 4 matches in total. A draw with Lebanon today will keep them strongly alive for thier run for the 2nd round

AsifTheManRahman
March 16, 2005, 02:53 PM
how many teams from each group go to the second round?

babubangla
March 16, 2005, 03:05 PM
Originally posted by AsifTheManRahman
how many teams from each group go to the second round?

There are in total 18 teams divided 5 groups (3 groups of 4 teams and 2 groups of 3 teams). Group winners and three runners up with best records progress to quarter-finals. So, to get a chance for the 2nd round--they will have to finish at least 2nd position in the group.

AsifTheManRahman
March 16, 2005, 03:07 PM
is this the AFC qualifying round or the finals? if it's the finals, then how did Muktijoddha and Brothers qualify? they had to go through a qualifying round as well, right?

babubangla
March 16, 2005, 03:39 PM
AFC Cup is part of AFC's Vision Asia Project. Vision Asia project is a developmental program for developing football nations. For example, vision asia project pays for Bangladesh's foreign coach. So, there is no qualifying round. Countries under vision asia project participates in this tournament.

Here is some collected info from rediff.com:
The AFC Cup is for clubs from "developing" national associations as categorised by the AFC's Vision Asia, the blueprint for the development of football in the continent.

Apart from giving clubs the chance to compete on a continental scale - and hopefully to improve by doing so - one of the key reasons for the new competition is to reduce the number of morale-crushing heavy defeats that have been commonplace in Asian club competition when the continent's lesser sides have come up against more experienced and established teams. In short, the AFC Cup should provide a more level playing field for its participants.

babubangla
March 16, 2005, 04:24 PM
OK, got the update from Brothers Union Match.
Brothers lost to Al-Nejmeh - Lebanon by 4-1.
The first half result was 3-1.
Al Nejmeh scored early in the match at 2nd, 5th and 12th minute. Brothers returned one goal at 24th minute from penalty. Al Nejmeh scored again in 85th minute to increase the lead to 4-1.