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Final Draw produces exciting groups

Jakarta: Indonesia’s Vamos FC will be counting on home support when they take on three-time champions Nagoya Oceans, Dalian Yuan Dynasty from China PR and newcomers Victoria University College FC of Myanmar in Group A in the ninth edition of the AFC Futsal Club Championship.

Asia’s top 16 futsal clubs identified their group rivals at Friday’s official AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 Final Draw in Jakarta.

Group B will also be keenly contested as Vietnamese champions Thai Son Nam FC, Al Dhafra from the United Arab Emirates, Iraq’s Nafit Al Wasat and Jeonju MAG FC from Korea Republic, who will be making their first appearance in the tournament, were drawn together.

Title holders and two-time champions, Chonburi Bluewave of Thailand, will be out to make tournament history by being the team to win the tournament twice in a row, but will have to go through Al Sailiya from Qatar, Kyrgyz Republic’s FC Erem and Vic Vipers of Australia in Group C.

This year’s edition will also welcome debutants Mes Sungun Varzaghan from Islamic Republic of Iran, who overcame Tasisat Daryaei and Giti Pasand Isfahan for a spot in the Championship, and they will be aiming to prove their worth against Lebanon’s Bank of Beirut, AGMK FC of Uzbekistan and tournament debutants FC Sipar from Tajikistan in Group D.

The tournament - to be held on August 1-12 - with 32 matches to be played, will be held in the city of Yogyakarta.

Football Association of Indonesia Acting President Joko Driyono, who opened the Final Draw, said: “Futsal in Indonesia has been growing in the past 10 years, and it continues to develop and grow. And it will in time, become one of the most popular sports in the country.

“Finally, to all 16 participating teams, I wish you all good luck for the upcoming tournament.”