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Jazira, Faisali play AFC Cup zonal semifinal

By Aline Bannayan - May 06,2018 - Last updated at May 06,2018

AMMAN — Jazira and Faisali come head to head on Monday in the 15th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup West Asia Zone semis at the Amman International Stadium.

Both teams will play again on May 14 and the winner will face the qualifier from the Iraqi Air Force Club versus Lebanon’s Ahed encounter in the West Asia zone final. The winner will face the winner from the rest of the Asian zones to decide the AFC Cup titlist with prize money set at $1.5 million for the champion.

The first stage ended with both Jordanian teams leading their groups as the top teams from each group, in addition to the best second placed moved to the semis. Last year, Iraqi Air Force Club won the AFC Cup for the second year running.

The competition was previously won three times by Jordanian teams. Faisali won in 2005 and 2006, and Shabab Urdun won in 2007. Other Jordanian teams that competed are Wihdat, Jazira, Ramtha, Hussein and That Ras. 

This season, a Jordanian club will again have a chance at the title if they win the zonal final of the second-tier Asian club competition.

After Faisali finished runner-up to Tunisia’s Tarajji in the last edition of the Arab Clubs Championships including two wins over Egyptian veterans Ahli, the reigning Jordanian League and Cup champs were eliminated from the 2018 AFC Champions League play-off match and failed to reach the group stages of Asia’s elite club competition and settled to play the AFC Cup. Jordanian teams have never before made it past the ACL preliminary round. Wihdat were knocked out in 2017, 2016 and 2015, while Shabab Urdun were eliminated in 2014.

Locally, so far this season, reigning Jordan Professional Football League and Jordan Cup champs Faisali beat Jazira to win the 35th Jordan Super Cup. Wihdat beat Jazira to win the Jordan Football Association Shield. In the Jordan Cup, Jazira ousted Faisali while Shabab Urdun eliminated Wihdat to reach the final. Wihdat have secured the league title.

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