Shaikh Salman looks to strengthen cooperation with Afghan FF
Kuala Lumpur: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President met with Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) President Mohammad Yosuf Kargar to discuss the areas in which to increase the spirit of cooperation between the AFC and the AFF.
The AFC President congratulated President Kargar on Afghanistan’s qualification to the AFC U17 Asian Cup™, marking the second successive occasion that the Central Asians will feature in the tournament.
Qualifiers - Group G: Thailand, Oman start on a high note
Salalah: Thailand and Oman were at their best as they kicked off their AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Qualifiers Group G campaigns with impressive wins on Wednesday.
Thailand defeated Afghanistan 3-0 with Oman beating the Philippines with the same score to set the stage for an exciting race with only the group winners assured of an automatic spot in Uzbekistan 2023.
Qualifiers Final Round Group D: Afghanistan 2-2 Cambodia
Kolkata: Cambodia fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Afghanistan at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday as the pair closed out their involvement in Group D of the AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 Qualifiers Final Round with a share of the points.
Keo Sokpheng’s 81st minute header secured a well-earned draw for Ryu Hirose’s side after Faysal Shayesteh and Mustafa Zazai had given the Afghans a two-goal lead before Brak Thiva’s perfectly struck free-kick handed Cambodia hope before the interval.
Preview – Qualifiers Group D: India v Hong Kong; Afghanistan v Cambodia
Kolkata: Hong Kong coach Jorn Andersen is relishing sending his team out to face India in front of partisan crowd at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium on Tuesday as the east Asian territory looks to seal a spot at the AFC Asian Cup™ Finals for the first time in more than 50 years.
Andersen’s side lead Group D of the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round on goal difference ahead of Igor Stimac’s team and will seal top spot – and a place in next year’s tournament – if they avoid defeat when the teams meet.
Kolkata: Hong Kong head coach Jorn Andersen is relishing going head-to-head with AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Group D hosts India in the battle for top spot after seeing his side record a second consecutive win in Kolkata on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Cambodia.
The pair meet on Tuesday with first place in the group and an automatic berth in the Finals at stake after first half goals from Matt Orr and Sun Ming-him put Hong Kong in command before Philip Chan struck in the 63rd minute to seal a comfortable win.
Qualifiers Final Round Group D: Afghanistan 1-2 India
Kolkata: Sahal Samad’s stoppage time strike saw India secure a dramatic 2-1 win over Afghanistan in Group D of the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round on Saturday as Igor Stimac’s side moved a step closer to qualification for the Finals.
Samad hit the winner after Sunil Chhetri’s 86th minute free-kick had been cancelled out by a Zubayr Amiri header two minutes later in a frantic finish at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium and India are now level at the top of Group D with Hong Kong with one game remaining.
Both teams have six points ahead of their meeting on Tuesday while Afghanistan now have no chance of progressing to the Finals after losing both of their opening games in the competition.