Draw for AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers finalised
Kuala Lumpur: Some 45 Member Associations from across Asia learned their opponents for the upcoming AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers on Friday following the official draw at AFC House.
Defending champions Iraq, have been grouped with India, Palestine and Nepal who will host the qualifiers in Group D, while the Islamic Republic of Iran - last year’s runners-up - are scheduled to meet Kyrgyz Republic, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Bhutan in Group C.
Elsewhere, two-time champions and 2016 semi-finalists DPR Korea, will face Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Macau and Brunei Darussalam in Group F, with Japan, who also reached last year’s semi-finals drawn in Group J, along with Singapore, Malaysia and Guam.
The ten (10) group winners and five (5) best second-placed teams will advance to the final stage of the tournament, along with the host Member Association. The AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers are set to take place from September 16 to 24, 2017.
WEST Zone Group A:
2. Saudi Arabia (Host for qualifiers)
5. Sri Lanka
2. Tajikistan (Host for qualifiers)
1. Islamic Republic of Iran (Host for qualifiers)
2. Kyrgyz Republic
4. Nepal (Host for qualifiers)
1. United Arab Emirates
3. Qatar (Host for qualifiers)
EAST Zone Group F:
1. DPR Korea
2. Hong Kong
3. Chinese Taipei
5. Brunei Darussalam
1. Thailand (Host for qualifiers)
4. Northern Mariana Islands
1. Korea Republic
2. China PR
3. Mongolia (Host for qualifiers)