LAHORE - National soccer title-holder Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) will visit Nepal for their three Group-A matches in 5th AFC President's Cup Qualifier 2009. WAPDA earned passage into the 11-team show when they topped Pakistan Premier Football League 2008 at Rawalpindi's Army Sports Complex last December, thus becoming 54th National Champion of Pakistan. WAPDA will take on two-times AFC President's Cup Gold Medalist Regar-TadAZ (Tajikistan) when Kathmandu's Dashrath Stadium, will hold the opening match on 8 May 2009. It will be repeat of 2008 edition when WAPDA will tackle the same opposition in Petaling Gaya (Selangor) last year. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has granted an authority to the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) to host the Group-A's six matches. Former runners-up and hosts Nepal Police Club will take on Taiwan Power Company (Chinese Taipei) on the same day. The AFC has divided the club competitions into a three levels. The top tier will be the AFC Champions League, followed by the AFC Cup with the AFC President's Cup being the lowest level of Asian club competition. "The AFC President's Cup reflects Vision Asia's philosophy, which is to improve the football standards among the lesser known countries in the Asian family. It is a competition emphasizing solidarity, fair play, and the importance of team participation within a highly competitive environment," said Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)'s President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat who hoped that Pakistan WAPDA will show all their commitment, class coming May to upset all the calculations as they did in 2005 by beating former champion Dordoi in inaugural edition. In Malaysia's edition last June at MBPJ Stadium, WAPDA had held Nepal Police to a 1-1 draw while they lost narrowly to Regar 1-2 and Bangladesh's Abahani Ltd 0-1. Under the format of the competition for the second time running, eleven teams were drawn into two groups of four teams each, and one of three teams. Host Kyrgyzstan's Dordoi-Dynamo are being bracketed in Group C with Myanmar's Kanbawza FC, Cambodia's Phnom Penh Crown and Bhutan's Yeezdin FC. The only pool with three teams is Group B having Turkmenistan side Asghabat, Sri Lankan Army and Abahani Ltd. Regar defeated 3-0 Dordoi Dynamo to win the first AFC President's Cup in 2005 before the Kyrgyzstan champions went on to claim the next two editions : defeating Tajikistan's Vaksh 2-1 in 2006 and Nepal's Mahendra Police FC by the same score line at Lahore's Punjab Stadium last year. Regar regained title on 21 September 2008 after edging out host Dordoi 4-3 on tie break after 1-1 draw at Spartak Stadium in Bishkek capital of Kyrgyzstan. It will be third appearance of WAPDA, seven-times winner of National Championship in 1983, 1991, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, in AFC event after 2005 and 2008. Pakistan Army had represented Pakistan in annual show in 2006 and 2007 at Kuching and Lahore respectively. 5th AFC President's Cup 2009 draw Group A: Regar-TadAZ (Tajikistan), Nepal Police Club (Nepal), Taiwan Power Company (Chinese-Taipei), Wapda (Pakistan). Group B: Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). Sri Lanka Army (Sri Lanka), Abahani Limited (Bangladesh). Group C: Dordoi-Dynamo (Kyrgyzstan), Kanbawza (Myanmar), Phnom Penh Crown (Cambodia), Yeezdin FC (Bhutan).