The 16 clubs who have secured their places in the knockout stage of the AFC Cup have all but been decided following Wednesday’s final round of group stage fixtures.
South China claimed the last available qualification spot in the East Zone, with the Hong Kong outfit’s 3-0 win over Mohun Bagan, their third victory in a row, securing second place in Group G.
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The full line-up is not yet known as the final positions in Groups C and D will be confirmed following an upcoming AFC Disciplinary Committee meeting.
The two Group C fixtures between Shabab Al-Dhahiriya and Al-Wahda were both cancelled, with Al-Wahda awarded three points from their home fixture in March after it was ruled Shabab Al-Dhahiriya were responsible for the match not taking place. A decision has yet to be made on the fixture that was scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
In Group D, the clash between Ahli Al-Khaleel and Al-Jaish on matchday 2 was not played as scheduled. It was declared voided and the AFC will make a decision at a later date as to which club will be awarded the points.
Those two groups aside, the remainder of the draw for the first knockout phase has been confirmed.
AFC Cup 2016 – Round of 16 fixtures:
Tuesday, May 24:
Al Ahed v Runner Up Group C (TBC)
Winner Group C (TBC) v Al Wehdat
Ceres La Salle v South China
Mohun Bagan v Tampines Rovers
Wednesday, May 25
Nafit Al Wasat v Runner Up Group D (TBC)
Winner Group D (TBC) v Al Faisaly
Kitchee v JSW Bengaluru FC
Johor Darul Ta’zim v Kaya FC