Asian Champions League: tough draw for Al Duhail & Al Sadd
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The draw for 2019 AFC Champions League was held here on Thursday with representatives from Al Duhail, Al Sadd, Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa attended ceremony.
Former Qatar international and Al Sadd star Wesam Rizik participated in the ceremony along with other stars from Asia.
Duhail and Sadd will start their campaign in the group stage while Rayyan and Gharafa have to qualify through play-offs.
Reigning QSL champions have been drawn into Group C alongside Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia), Al Ain (UAE) and Esteghlal (Iran).
Sadd are in Group D in the company of Iran’s Persepolis, Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli. Three teams, one each from the UAE, Iraq and Uzbekistan, will vie in the play-off.
If qualified, Rayyan will join Group B, which includes the UAE’s Al Wahda, Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan champions Lokomotiv.
Rayyan will fight with Saipa of Iran and Minerva of India in play-off.
Gharafa have the chance to qualify for Group A, which includes Al Wasl (UAE) and Al Zawraa (Iraq). Gharafa will vie with Al Wehdat (Jordan), Kuwait SC and Zob Ahan (Iran) in play-off.