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Preview: Group F


Tuesday, September 3, 2019
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Kuala Lumpur: Group F of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 will see some interesting matches as Japan can expect a tough challenge from Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia.


The eight group winners and four best runners-up will advance to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals and the final round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

However, should Qatar - who have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup as hosts - win their group, the seven other group winners and five best second-placed sides will advance to the final round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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The same applies should Qatar finish as one of the four best second-placed teams, with the fifth best group runners-up advancing to the third round of the Qualifiers.

The next best 24 teams from the second round of the Asian Qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining 12 slots in the 24-team AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the Group F cast.

JAPAN

FIFA Ranking: 33
AFC Asian Cup Finals Record: Champions (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011)
FIFA World Cup Finals Record: Round of 16 (2002, 2010, 2018)
Head Coach: Hajime Moriyasu (JPN)

All eyes will be on the Samurai Blue, who finished runners-up in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 and were the best performing Asian team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a Round of 16 finish.

Several players retired from international duty after both tournaments but head coach Hajime Moriyasu still has a wealth of talent at his disposal, including the 18-year-old Takefusa Kuba, who is on loan to Mallorca after signing with Spanish giants Real Madrid.


KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

FIFA Ranking: 95
AFC Asian Cup Finals Record: Round of 16 (2019)
FIFA World Cup Finals Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Alexander Krestinin (RUS)

Kyrgyz Republic impressed in their AFC Asian Cup Finals debut, advancing to the Round of 16 in UAE 2019, and head coach Alexander Krestinin and his players will not only be aiming for second successive AFC Asian Cup Finals appearance but also a crack at FIFA World Cup qualification.


TAJIKISTAN

Posted by Tajikistan Football Federation on Wednesday, 28 August 2019

FIFA Ranking: 119
AFC Asian Cup Finals Record: No previous appearances
FIFA World Cup Finals Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Usmon Toshev (UZB)

До отборочного матча чемпионата мира-2022 Таджикистан 🇹🇯 - Кыргызстан 🇰🇬 осталось 8️⃣ дней! Игра состоится 5 сентября на Центральном стадионе Душанбе и начнётся в 19:00 часов. #TJKKGZ

Posted by Tajikistan Football Federation on Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Tajikistan look primed for a strong bid to qualify for their first AFC Asian Cup Finals after several strong performances recently.

Usmon Toshev’s side beat India 4-2 and Syria 2-0 in July’s Intercontinental Cup and suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to DPR Korea in the final, serving a warning that they are a side to be reckoned with.


MYANMAR

တရုတ္ႏုိင္ငံသို႔ ထြက္ခြါမည့္ ျမန္မာ့လက္ေရြးစင္ အသင္း၏ ကစားသမား ၂၃...

Posted by Myanmar Football Federation on Sunday, 25 August 2019

FIFA Ranking: 135
AFC Asian Cup Record: Runners-up (1968)
FIFA World Cup Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Miodrag Radulovic (MNE)

Posted by Myanmar National Team on Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Myanmar have been boosted by the signing of the highly experienced Miodrag Radulovic as head coach and the Southeast Asian side will be hoping the Montenegrin can produce the best out of them for a successful campaign.


MONGOLIA

Asian Qualifiers: Brunei Darussalam v Mongolia

FIFA Ranking: 187
AFC Asian Cup Finals Record: No previous appearances
FIFA World Cup Finals Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Hans Michael Weiss (GER)

Mongolia, having made headlines in the first round with captain Normoojin Tsedenbal scoring the first goal of the Qualifiers and reaching the second round for the first time, will be aiming for more glory and history despite being in a tough group.


Fixtures

Matchday 1 - September 5: Mongolia vs Myanmar; Tajikistan vs Kyrgyz Republic
Matchday 2 - September 10: Mongolia vs Tajikistan; Myanmar vs Japan
Matchday 3 - October 10: Japan vs Mongolia; Kyrgyz Republic vs Myanmar
Matchday 4 - October 15: Mongolia vs Kyrgyz Republic; Tajikistan vs Japan
Matchday 5 - November 14: Myanmar vs Tajikistan; Kyrgyz Republic vs Japan
Matchday 6 - November 19: Kyrgyz Republic vs Tajikistan, Myanmar vs Mongolia
Matchday 7 - March 26: Japan vs Myanmar; Tajikistan vs Mongolia
Matchday 8 - March 31: Mongolia vs Japan; Myanmar vs Kyrgyz Republic
Matchday 9 - June 4: Kyrgyz Republic vs Mongolia; Japan vs Tajikistan
Matchday 10 - June 9: Tajikistan vs Myanmar; Japan vs Kyrgyz Republic

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