Today, the football champion of Turkmenistan 2018, FC Altyn Asyr from Ashgabat, will play the first match in the framework of the Inter-zone semi-final of the 2019 AFC Cup.
FC Altyn Asyr took first place in the Central Zone and will perform for the second time in history in the Inter-zonal sem-ifinal of the AFC Cup.
The team of the honored trainer of Turkmenistan, Yaguly Hojageldiyev, will play with the four-time champion of Vietnam - Hanoi FC. The match will be held in Hanoi at the Hang Day Stadium. The stadium holds 22,500 spectators. The match begins at 17:00 Ashgabat time. The match will be judged by a team of referees from the Republic of Korea led by FIFA referee Kim Dae-Yong.
Previously, the clubs of Turkmenistan and Vietnam did not intersect.
The football club of the reigning champion of Vietnam was founded on June 18, 2006 under the name Hanoi T&T by the Vietnamese travel business company of the same name. Over three seasons, the team successively passed the third, second and first divisions and in 2009 made its debut in the V-League. The team has a large budget and has the opportunity to invite the strongest Vietnamese players into its ranks. So, while still playing in the first division, the club signed a contract with the main goalkeeper of the Vietnamese national team Duong Hong Son, and in 2009 the best footballer of the country Le Cong Vinh moved to Hanoi T&T. Such a reinforcement of the roster allowed Hanoi T&T to become the champion in the 2010 season and debut in the AFC Cup next year. In 2016, the team was renamed to Hanoi FC.
Hanoi FC has 6 foreign players, among them Nigerian Ganiyu Oseni and Senegalese Pape Omar stand out. They are leaders in the 2019 AFC Cup scorers list. Ganiyu Oseni has 9 goals, Pape Omar has 8. The last defeat of the team dates back to May 11, 2019, when she lost to Thanh Hoa - 1:4 in the the 2019 Vietnam Championship.