Kuala Lumpur: Even at the grand old age of 39, India captain Sunil Chhetri continues to shoulder the hopes of an entire nation as he remains the talismanic figure of the Indian national team.
The evergreen Bengaluru FC forward first appeared in the AFC Asian Cup™ back in 2011, which was also held in Qatar, and he returns to the Gulf country for his third continental appearance.
India’s most capped player and the fourth highest men’s international goalscorer of all time has won numerous accolades for club and country and is once again looking to galvanise his beloved nation at the upcoming quadrennial showpiece.
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has been informed by the Palestine Football Association of the withdrawal of its club, Jabal Al Mukaber, from the AFC Cup™ 2023/24, citing force majeure due to the ongoing conflict in Palestine.
As a result, according to Article 5.6 of the AFC Cup 2023/24™ Competition Regulations, all the matches of Jabal Al Mukaber in Group A stand cancelled and considered null and void. All points and goals in those matches shall not be taken into consideration when determining the final rankings in Group A pursuant to Article 8.3 of the Regulations.
Yokohama: Yokohama F Marinos have announced that J1 League title-winning head coach Kevin Muscat will leave the club at the end of the season.
Muscat took over from fellow Australian Ange Postecoglou in the summer of 2021 before leading F Marinos to the title in 2022, and his last game in charge will be Wednesday’s AFC Champions League™ meeting with Chinese Super League side Shandong Taishan.
Janas urges Urawa to move on from elimination heartbreak
Hanoi: Assistant head coach Rafal Janas insists Urawa Red Diamonds must quickly forget Wednesday’s AFC Champions League™ 2023/2024 defeat to Vietnam’s Hanoi FC with the FIFA Club World Cup Saudi Arabia 2023 coming up next week for the Japanese side.
Bryan Linssen cancelled out Dao Van Nam’s opener before Hanoi scored the winner through Pham Tuan Hai’s 87th minute spot-kick as Urawa, who lifted the AFC Champions League title for the third time in May, crashed out.
They play Mexico’s Club Leon in the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup on December 15.
Wuhan: Head coach Kim Gi-dong was disappointed that Pohang Steelers could not end their AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Group J campaign with a perfect record.
The Korea Republic side have been a revelation all season long but had to come from behind to salvage a 1-1 against China PR’s Wuhan Three Towns FC on Wednesday, having won all five previous matches in the group stage.
Player to Watch: Everton Camargo (Hong Kong, China)
Kuala Lumpur: Since taking over as Hong Kong, China head coach in December 2021 Jorn Andersen has sought to add energy and goals to a team that often lacked an attacking edge; with the integration of Everton Camargo into his squad in September the Norwegian finally has both.
The Brazil-born forward has only played four times for his new team but in that time the 32-year-old has added pace and power to the right side of a line-up that will be representing the territory at the AFC Asian Cup™ for the first time since 1968.