Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) won a historic AFC Cup trophy on this day five years ago. October 31, 2015 will be a date forever etched in the history of the Southern Tigers.
Then competing in the AFC Cup for the first time, JDT topped the group stage ahead of Hong Kong club Kitchee SC, East Bengal FC of India and Balestier Khalsa FC from neighbouring Singapore. JDT faced Ayeyawady United FC (Myanmar), South China AA (Hong Kong) and Al-Qadsia SC (Kuwait) in the knockout rounds before facing Istiklol FC in the final.
Leandro Velazquez’s 33rd minute goal ensured JDT a 1-0 win in Tajikistan and a place in the history books. No other Southeast Asia and East Asian team had even reached the final prior to the Southern Tigers’ triumph.
Hidup Johor Demi Johor