Today, August 24, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) held the AFC Champions League group stage draw of the 2023/24 season for Western and Eastern zones.
According to the results of the draw, Pakhtakor, the current winners of the Uzbekistan Super League, took place in Group A. Al-Fayha (Saudi Arabia), Ahal (Turkmenistan) and Al-Ain (UAE) compete with the Tashkent club.
Nasaf, the winner of the Uzbekistan Cup-2023, took place in group B, which includes Al-Sadd (Qatar), Al-Faisali (Jordan) and Sharjah (UAE).
This year, Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia), which signed a contract with Karim Benzema, Fabinho and N’Golo Kante, as well as Sepakhon (IR Iran) and Air Force (Iraq), together with Olmaliq’s OKMK team, took a place in Group C.
Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia), include world football stars such as Neymar, Malcom, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Yassine Bounou and Ruben Neves, will start their participation in the tournament from Group D. Thus, Moreover, Navbahor, Nassaji (Iran) and Mumbai City (India) also in the group.
Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia), whose team includes world-famous players Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane, took place in Group E. In this group, Al-Duhail (Qatar), Persepolis (Iran) and Istiklol (Tajikistan) will also compete to reach the play-offs.
Regulation of the AFC Champions League
Ten groups of four teams each were formed. The group stage of the main tournament in which Asian clubs participate consists of six rounds and will continue from September 18 to December 13. All teams play home-away system.
According to the results of the group stage, the five group winners from each zone (West and East), as well as the three teams that took the second place with the best result in their quartets, goes to 1/8 finals stage.