2016 AFC Cup qualifying round

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2016 AFC Cup qualifying round
2016 AFC Cup play-off qualifiers
Tournament details
Host countries Bhutan
Dates11–15 August 2015
Teams6 (from 6 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored16 (2.67 per match)
Attendance20,500 (3,417 per match)
Top scorer(s)Nigeria Emeka Onuoha
Pakistan Muhammad Rasool
Bangladesh Shakhawat Hossain Rony
(2 goals each)

The 2016 AFC Cup qualifying round was played from 11 to 15 August 2015.[1] A total of six teams competed in the qualifying round to decide two places in the competition proper of the 2016 AFC Cup.[2]

The AFC Cup qualifying round was held to replace the AFC President's Cup, whose last edition was held in 2014, as starting from 2015, league champions of "emerging countries" were eligible to participate in the AFC Cup qualifying play-off.[3]


A total of six teams six nine AFC associations competed in the qualifying round.[4] Teams were not split into zones for the qualifying round.

In the following table, the number of appearances and last appearance count all those since the 2004 season (including both competition proper and qualifying rounds).

Association Team Qualifying method App Last App
Bangladesh Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi 2013–14 Bangladesh Football Premier League champions 1st none
Bhutan Bhutan Druk United 2014 Bhutan National League champions 1st none
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Alga 2014 Kyrgyzstan League 3rd place 1st none
Macau Macau Benfica de Macau 2015 Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol champions 1st none
Mongolia Mongolia Khoromkhon 2014 Mongolia Premier League champions 1st none
Pakistan Pakistan K-Electric 2014–15 Pakistan Premier League champions 1st none


The draw for the qualifying round was held on 29 June 2015 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The six teams were drawn into two groups of three.[4]

For the draw, the pre-selected hosts were placed in their own pot, while the remaining teams were seeded according to the performance of their association in the 2014 AFC President's Cup.

Pot 1 (Hosts) Pot 2 Pot 3


In the qualifying round, each group was played on a single round-robin basis at the pre-selected hosts. The winners of each group advanced to either the qualifying play-off or the group stage (depending on number of teams in each zone and geographical location).


The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers would be applied in the following order:[2]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  8. Drawing of lots.


The schedule of each matchday was as follows.

Matchday Date Match
Matchday 1 11 August 2015 Team 3 vs. Team 1
Matchday 2 13 August 2015 Team 2 vs. Team 3
Matchday 3 15 August 2015 Team 1 vs. Team 2


Group A[edit]

  • All matches were held in Bhutan.
  • Times listed were UTC+6.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KEL DRU KHO
1 Pakistan K-Electric 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4 Qualifying play-off 3–3
2 Bhutan Druk United (H) 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2 0–0
3 Mongolia Khoromkhon 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1 0–1
Source: AFC
(H) Host.
K-Electric Pakistan3–3Bhutan Druk United
Rasool Goal 8'45'
Rehman Goal 86'
Report Ts. Dorji Goal 21'
Wangdi Goal 58'
Th. Dorji Goal 75'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

Khoromkhon Mongolia0–1Pakistan K-Electric
Report Oludeyi Goal 74'

Druk United Bhutan0–0Mongolia Khoromkhon
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SJD ALG BEN
1 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 4 Group stage[a] 4–1
2 Kyrgyzstan Alga (H) 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4 1–1
3 Macau Benfica de Macau 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0 0–2
Source: AFC
(H) Host.
  1. ^ Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi advanced directly to the group stage due to lack of teams in the East Zone.
Benfica de Macau Macau0–2Kyrgyzstan Alga
Report Filatov Goal 29'
Akhmataliev Goal 65'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Bangladesh4–1Macau Benfica de Macau
Onuoha Goal 44'
Islam Goal 72'
Rony Goal 77'86'
Report Torrão Goal 26'

Alga Kyrgyzstan1–1Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi
Amirov Goal 22' Report Onuoha Goal 78'


  1. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2015" (PDF). AFC.
  2. ^ a b "AFC Cup 2016 Play-Off Qualifiers Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC.
  3. ^ "AFC President's Cup: The end of a glorious journey". AFC. 26 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Stage set for 2016 AFC Cup play-off qualifiers". AFC. 29 June 2015.

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