Precheur: 'Amazing' Chawinga can compete with world’s best
Yongin: Jiangsu Suning Ladies FC striker Tabitha Chawinga has the ability to compete with the best players in the world, according to head coach Jocelyn Precheur.
The praise came after the Malawi international turned in an outstanding performance for the Chinese champions in Tuesday’s 1-1 AFC Women’s Club Championship draw against highly rated Japanese champions Nippon TV Beleza.
MD1: Nippon TV Beleza 1-1 Jiangsu Suning Ladies FC
Yongin: Nippon TV Beleza and Jiangsu Suning shared the AFC Women’s Club Championship’s first ever points, playing out a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the FIFA/AFC Pilot Tournament at Yongin Citizens Sports Park on Tuesday.
Jiangsu’s impressive Malawian striker Tabitha Chawinga wrote her name into the history books with the tournament’s first goal in the seventh minute, but Beleza were level just three minutes later thanks to Mjna Tanaka before a second half arm-wrestle.
The result keeps both sides in title contention with two further matches to play in the competition.
MD1: Melbourne Victory 0-4 Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
Yongin: Tournament hosts Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels made an emphatic start to their AFC Women’s Club Championship campaign, powering to a 4-0 win over Australia’s Melbourne Victory on Tuesday.
The WK League champions found the back of the net twice in each half, with Lee Sea-eun – who bagged two goals in as many minutes just before the hour mark – leading the scoring on a night where Kim Dam-bi and Thais Guedes also left their mark on the final tally.
The win means the Red Angels finish Matchday One on top of the table, while Melbourne Victory sit at the bottom as the only team not to collect a point on the opening day.
History, star players, coaches: All you need to know about the contenders
Kuala Lumpur: History will be made on Tuesday, when four of Asia’s elite women’s clubs take to the Continental stage in the inaugural AFC Women’s Club Championship in Korea Republic.
Having proven themselves on the domestic front, Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, Nippon TV Beleza, Melbourne Victory and Jiangsu Suning Ladies Football Club will have the chance to claim the title of Asia’s best, with six high-quality matches over three Matchdays to determine the maiden champions at the FIFA/AFC Pilot Tournament.
With the countdown to the landmark event approaching its final days, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on the four teams competing in Yongin.
Kuala Lumpur: With four of Asia’s top clubs soon to lock horns at the inaugural AFC Women’s Club Championship in Korea Republic, the competition is set to feature stars of the women’s game from Asia and beyond.
A total of 24 players from this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France are on the books of the four participating clubs, who supplied national team stars for six different sides in the global showpiece.
Having already appeared on the biggest stage in the international game, those players will now be among the first to experience the continental spotlight in club football, with Yongin to host the landmark competition, starting with a double header on Tuesday.
With the countdown to those fixtures drawing ever closer, the-AFC.com looks at the World Cup stars at each side’s disposal in the competition ahead.
Kuala Lumpur: As Asia’s elite clubs prepare to embark on a history-making AFC Women’s Club Championship in Yongin, the new competition is set to provide a platform for some of the Continent’s brightest young stars.
With a shot at a maiden Continental title at stake, the-AFC.com highlights five of the brightest talents to keep an eye on at the FIFA/AFC Pilot Tournament.
Incheon Hyundai Red Steel Angels make it seven titles in a row
Incheon: Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels have secured another WK League Championship, claiming the title after defeating Suwon UDC 1-0 on aggregate in the 2019 final, completed on Monday.
Brazilian forward Thais Guedes scored the decisive goal 71 minutes into the second leg, steering Incheon to glory from close range after the first leg had finished goalless last Thursday.
Incheon’s title is their seventh league crown in succession, continuing a stunning run of success which began in 2013, with the club also finishing on top of the table at the end of the regular season in all seven of their championship-winning years.