AFC President welcomes FIFA decision to allow Iraq to play home matches in Basra
Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa on Wednesday hailed FIFA's decision to approve Iraqi city Basra to host Iraq national team matches in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Shaikh Salman explained that the decision is in line with the FIFA Council's endorsement to lift the ban on hosting international matches in Iraq last year and the AFC President added that the latest decision - delivered in a letter from FIFA President Gianni Infantino - is a "great achievement for Iraqi football, and will be a great support for the development efforts for the game in the country."
Afghanistan reveal squad for Qatar, Bangladesh clashes
Kabul: Afghanistan have revealed the 23 players tasked with navigating the first steps of their Asian Qualifiers campaign for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, with head coach Anoush Dastgir drawing on players far and wide for his squad, announced on Tuesday.
With players based from Cyprus to Canada and the Maldives to Melbourne, there are few parts of the globe unrepresented in Dastgir’s side, who will face Qatar in Doha on September 5, before Dushanbe, Tajikistan plays host to a home meeting with Bangladesh five days later.
Afghanistan’s squad members ply their trade in a total of 14 nations, with the Germany-based quartet of Zubayr Amiri, Abassin Alikhil, Hassan Amin and uncapped goalkeeper Hellal Hosseini making it the most common home, ahead of the Afghan Premier League, which provides three players, all from champions Toofan Harirod,
We must make home advantage count, says Singapore’s Yoshida
Singapore: Singapore head coach Tatsuma Yoshida will be counting on home support when The Lions open their Asian Qualifiers campaign for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Singapore will play their first two Group D fixtures on home soil, where they will host Yemen at the National Stadium on September 5, before facing Palestine at the Jalan Besar Stadium five days later.
Kathmandu: With eight of the world's 10 tallest mountains located across their country, the Nepalese are renowned for their ability to scale great heights. Now though, in football, Nepal will have to figuratively do likewise during the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023
The Nepalese travel to Kuwait on September 5 to challenge the hosts and 1980 AFC Asian Cup champions in their opening Group B Qualifiers. The West Asians represent a daunting task for Nepal. The first meeting between the two nations saw Kuwait triumph 5-0 in a 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualifier but nearly two decades on, Nepal, now coached by Swede Johan Kalin, showed what progress they have made when the pair reunited in a couple of friendlies in March.
What had been anticipated as one-sided matches turned out to be closely contested, with the strongly-favoured Kuwait held to a goalless draw on home soil in the first match, before managing a solitary-goal win.
Landmark move sees Elkeson named in China PR squad
Beijing: Guangzhou Evergrande striker Elkeson has been named in Marcello Lippi's China PR squad ahead of next month’s Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The move sees the Brazilian-born forward become the first player without Chinese heritage to be called up by the East Asian powerhouse.
Elkeson, who never featured for Brazil’s senior team, is eligible to play for China after plying his trade in the country since 2013.