Kuala Lumpur: Eagerly anticipated reforms designed to elevate AFC’s club competitions to the next level are set to be introduced in the near future.
While addressing the AFC Executive Committee on November 21, 2021, AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “I am pleased to note that the AFC competitions continue to grow. There will be changes to the rules on foreign players, as well as to our competitions calendar. These are all part of the strategy to improve our players, clubs and national teams on the world stage.”
Australia leave it late to draw against world champion Americans
Newcastle: A late equaliser from Kyah Simon gave Australia a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw against reigning world champions the United States at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday.
The Americans looked like making it two wins from two in their Australian tour when Ashley Hatch put them ahead in the opening minutes, but the hosts kept themselves in the game before levelling via Simon’s deflected effort in the 88th minute.
The match formed part of Australia’s preparations for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, which begins on January 20.
Japan impress as clash of champions ends in stalemate
The Hague: AFC Women’s Asian Cup holders Japan had the better of the 90 minutes but were ultimately unable to capitalise in a 0-0 draw against the Netherlands on Monday.
In a match featuring the champion teams of Europe and Asia, Futoshi Ikeda’s side held their opponents to just one shot at goal for the match but failed to make their ascendancy count on the scoreboard in one of their final outings before they defend their continental title in India in January.
Beijing: Congo striker Cedric Bakambu has left Beijing FC after his contract with the Chinese Super League club was cancelled by mutual consent.
Beijing published a farewell message to the former Villarreal forward on their official social media account on Tuesday following the decision by both parties to end Bakambu’s four-year contract with the club one month early.
“We cherish your name in our hearts – Cedric Bakambu,” the post on the club’s Weibo account said. “Hope you never forget.”
Al Hilal, Al Jazira learn FIFA Club World Cup 2021 opponents
Zurich: Al Hilal SFC and Al Jazira were presented the opportunity to lock horns with European champions Chelsea following the conclusion of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 draw at the home of FIFA in Zurich on Monday.
Both, however, will have to navigate through earlier matches if they are to set up the plum meeting with the current Premier League leaders.
Kuala Lumpur: Mehdi Taremi's sensational bicycle kick goal for Porto against Chelsea has been shortlisted for the FIFA Puskas Award 2021.
The Islamic Republic of Iran star, whose effort in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final has already seen him win the UEFA.com Goal of the Season for 2020/21, will be aiming to succeed Korea Republic's Son Heung-min as this year's winner.