Review&Preview: 2014 AFC Cup – Quarter-finals
KITCHEE SC (HKG) - VISSAI NINH BINH (VIE)
First Leg: Vissai Ninh Binh – Kitchee FC 2-4
56′ Oladoja, 75′Lê Văn Thắng – 29′, 90+3′ Belencoso, 49′ Ngan Lok Fung, 73′ Xu Deshuai.
Kitchee SC has already done great part of the job winning 2-4 in Viet Nam: they should be able to qualify without big troubles.
The team from Hong Kong can field several foreign players, such as four Spaniards, Fernando Recio (defender), Dani Carcela (defender), Jordi Tarres (striker) and, most of all, Juan Belencoso (10 goals so far in current AFC Cup), two Brazilians, Hélio (defender) and Paulinho Piracicaba (striker), a Nigerian, Alex Akande (striker), and a South Korean, Jang Kyung-Jin (defender), plus several players with double citizenship.
Moreover ther ar several Internationals of Hong Kong, such as the goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng, the defenders Lo Kwan Yee, Cheung Kin Fung and Tsang Chi Hau, the midfielders Ngan Lok Fung, Chu Siu Kei, Huang Yang and Lam Ka Wai, and the striker Xu Deshuai.
Among Vissai Ninh Binh players we point you out the Brazilian defender Alex Beyam Karmo, the Nigerian strikers Ifeanyi Chimezie Uwanaka and, most of all, Suleiman Oladoja Abdullahi, and moreover, few Vietnamese International, such as the defenders Gia Tu Nguyen, Quang Hùng Le and the midfielders Danh Ngoc Hoang and Manh Dung Tran.
PERSIPURA JAYAPURA (IDN) – AL-KUWAIT (KUW)
First Leg: Al Kuwait- Persipura Jayapura 3-2
4′ Hammami, 84′, 87′ Al-Kandari – 13′ Lim Joon-sik, 23′ Pangkali.
Kuwait SC is probably one of the strongest team in the competition, the Title holder, but a 3-2 home win isn’t a very good result because of the two away goals scored by the Indonesians, so the tie is still very open.
The star of Persipura Jayapura is probably the offensive midfielder Robertino Pugliara, while other important players are the Cameroonian defender Bio Paulin and the Indonesian Internationals, Ruben Sanadi (full-back), Immanuel Wanggai (midfielder) and the Captain Boaz Solossa (striker).
In Kuwait SC we can find few of the most famous footballers playing in this competition, such as the Iranian International Reza Goochannejad a.k.a. “Gucci” (former SC Cambuur, Standard Liege and Charlton Athletic striker), the Tunisian International Chadi Hammami (midfielder), and the Brazilians Leandro dos Santos de Jesus a.k.a. Makelele (defensive midfielder) and Rafael Bastos (former Belenenses, Vitòria, SC Braga, CFR Cluji and Levski Sofia offensive midfielder/winger).
Obviously there are also a lot of Kuwaitian Internationals, such as the defender Fahad Awadh, the midfielders Waaled Ali and Jarah Al-Ateeqi and the striker Abdoulhadi Khamis.
HIDD SCC (BAH) - AL-QADSIA (KUW)
First Leg: AL-Qadsia - Al-Hidd 1-1
5′ Al-Mutawa – 47′ Al-Khaldi.
The 1-1 in Kuwait leaves the tie still very open, and everything will be decided in the Second Leg: Qadsia SC is probably a little bit stronger, but Al-Hidd has an away goal on his side.
Among the strenghts of Hidd SSC we can find the Brazilians Tuca (defender) and Paulo (striker), and the Nigerian striker Orok, who has a decent experience in Tunisian League; moreover there are few Bahrainian Internationals, such as the GK Abbas Khamis, the defenders Abdulla Al-Haza’a and Sayed Mohamed (born in Maldives), the midfielders Abdulwahab Al-Malood and Abdulla Fatadi (Nigerian born, former player of Neuchâtel) and the striker Ibrahim Ahmed Habib.
Among Qadsia SC players we can find a Nigerian International, the forward Shehu Abdullahi, and a Spaniard, Álvaro Silva (former Màlaga, Xerex, Cadiz and Petrolul Ploiesti defender), and several Kuwaitian Internationals, such as the goalkeeper Nawaf Al Khaldi, the defender Amer Al-Fadhel, the midfielders Talal Al-Amer, Fahad Al-Ansari and Seleh Al-Sheikh, and the striker Saif Al-Hashan.
ERBIL SC (IRQ) – HA NOI T&T (VIE)
First Leg: Ha Noi T&T - Erbil 0-1
After winning 0-1 in Vietnam, Erbil SC is the grat favorite to advance to Semi-final.
The Secon Leg will be played in Lebanon because of the conflict in Iraq.
In Erbil SC there are several Iraqi Internationals, such as the goalkeeper Jalal Hassan, the defenders Ali Faez, Herdi Siamand, the midfielders Saif Salman, Saad Abdoul-Amir, Nabel Sabah, Halgurd Mulla Mohammed, and the striker Amjad Radhi.
In the team from Hanoi, you can find two Internationals from Trinidad & Tobago, Daneil Cyrus (defender) and Hughton Hector (offensive midfiender) and an Argentinian striker, Gonzalo Marronkle, who had played in Portuguese second tier.
Moreover there are few Vietnamese Internationals: the defender Tien Dung Nguyen, and the midfielders Van Hieu Bui, Sy Cuong Cao, Van Quyet Nguyen, Thanh Luong Pham.