Confirmed: JDT to face Istiklol in AFC Cup final

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that Johor DT will be taking on Tajikistan’s FC Istiklol in the 2015 AFC Cup final.

The decision comes after FIFA suspended Kuwait FA with immediate effect last night, which automatically disqualified Al Qadsia as well as Kuwait SC – the two Kuwaiti sides that progressed into the semi-final of the AFC Cup.

In an official statement that was released on their website, AFC said: “Following the decision by FIFA to suspend the Kuwait Football Association and its members from all football activities, Kuwait SC and Qadsia SC are no longer eligible to compete in the AFC Cup semi-finals.

“The AFC Cup final therefore will now be between Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia and FC Istiklol of Tajikistan. The final will be played on October 31 in Dushanbe in Tajikistan.”

JDT will be the first team from Malaysia as well as the East Asia zone to qualify for the AFC Cup final, since its’ introduction in 2004.