AFC Referees Committee reinforces ambitions to build on Asia’s proud legacy
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Referees Committee held its fifth meeting today and applauded the world-class standards of Asian refereeing whilst reiterating its ambitions towards increasing the talent pool and opportunities for AFC match officials to maintain the Continent’s proud record on the world stage.
In the virtual meeting, chaired by His Excellency (HE) Du Zhaocai, the Committee commended the continued appointments of Asia’s match officials to some of the most prominent matches in global football. Since its last meeting, the AFC’s match officials were appointed to manage the finals of both the FIFA Club World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates as well as the Algarve Cup 2022 in Portugal.
AFC Champions League™ 2022 (West): 5 things to look out for
Riyadh: The AFC Champions League™ is set to return on Thursday with the 20 teams in the West section of the draw kicking off their campaigns over the next two days.
Defending champions Al Hilal SFC will be targeting a third continental title in four years, while some star names will grace the competition for the first time and three sides are making their tournament debuts.
Ahead of the opening matches, the-AFC.com has selected five things to look out for.
Lebanon, Bahrain secure victories, Saudi Arabia held
Fujairah: Lebanon secured a second consecutive win after defeating Palestine, while Saudi Arabia played out to a 2-2 stalemate against Oman in their AFF Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022™ Qualifiers on Wednesday.
In Group B action, Bahrain opened their campaign with a 1-0 victory over United Arab Emirates.
Preview - Group C: Ahal FC (TKM) v Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (UAE)
Jeddah: It will be a case of walking into the unknown for Mahdi Ali’s Shabab Al Ahli Dubai when they go head-to-head against debutants Ahal FC from Turkmenistan in their AFC Champions League 2022™ Group C encounter at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Thursday.
Ahal FC are making their first appearance in the AFC Champions League™ and with little knowledge of their opponents, Ali has warned his charges to tread carefully when they meet.
Preview - Group C: Foolad Khouzestan FC (IRN) v Al Gharafa (QAT)
Jeddah: Al Gharafa head coach Andrea Stramaccioni expects his young charges to rise to the occasion against a more experienced Foolad Khouzestan FC in their opening AFC Champions League 2022™ Group C match at the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium on Thursday.
It has been a bittersweet experience for Stramaccioni since taking charge in 2021, leading the Qatari side to the Amir Cup final before tasting defeat against Al Duhail last month. But a return to the AFC Champions League for the first time since 2018 will provide a boost in morale.