Nepal’s Red Bull Martyrs’ A Division League champion Manang Marshyandi Club (MMC) secured 6-3 victory against Cambodia’s League champion Svay Rieng in its first match of the AFC President’s Cup 2014 Qualifiers held at MFF Football Centre, Ulan Bator in Mongolia on Thursday.
Deepak Rai scored two goals while Anil Gurung, Saheed Aziz, Sulav Maskey and Nirajan Malla netted a goal each for winning team.
Rai scored an opening goal in the early 6th minute and Gurung doubled the tally after three minutes. Then, Aziz made in 3-1 in the 24th minute.
Similarly, Rai scored another goal in his name in the 62nd minute while Maskey and Malla added a goal each in the 75th and 81st minute, respectively.
With the win, MMC has strengthened its hope for next round of the tournament. Now, it will take on Mongolia’s League champion Erchim on May 5.
Altogether 11 teams from the emerging countries of Asia are participating in the tournament which will be played on a round-robin basis.
According to the draw for the group stage held at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March, MMC, Svay Rieng and Erchim are drawn in Group C of the AFC President’s Cup Qualifiers.
Sri Lanka Air Force, Pakistan’s KRL, Bangladesh’s Sheikh Russel and Bhutan’s Ugyen Academy are drawn in Group A.
Similarly, Philippines’s Ceres, Turkmenistan’s HTTU Asgabat, China’s Tatung and North Korea’s Rimyongsu are in Group B.
The winners and runner-ups of each group will qualify for the next round of AFC President’s Cup.