Qatar 2022 Watch: Mabil goal steers Australia past New Zealand
Brisbane: Awer Mabil struck from distance to earn Australia a 1-0 win over New Zealand in Brisbane on Thursday to stake his claim to a place in the Socceroos’ starting line-up when Graham Arnold’s side feature at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Finals.
Mabil beat Oli Sail from distance in the 32nd minute with the only goal of a game that marked the 100th anniversary of Australia’s first-ever international and was the Socceroos last on home soil before travelling to Qatar in November.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong downed Myanmar 2-0 on Wednesday in a closed door international friendly to win their first game on home soil in almost three years, with two goals in a minute in the first half earning Jorn Andersen’s AFC Asian Cup 2023™-bound side victory at Mongkok Stadium.
Hong Kong had not played at home since a 2-0 victory over Cambodia in the opening round of Asia’s preliminaries for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 in November 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but made light work of their visitors.
Dubai: As a record six Asian nations participating in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 head for their final international break ahead of the November tournament, squad selections have left several players with fighting chances of making the cut once the final squads are announced in under two months’ time.
Far from being business as usual, September’s call-ups included numerous debutants, returning veterans and surprise inclusions for all of Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia while Qatar continue their preparations with a fixed extended squad that has been in a closed camp since June, with no fresh squad announcements made.
Kuwait City: The AFC Futsal Asian Cup™ Kuwait 2022 kicks off on September 27 with 16 teams aiming to lift the title.
The action promises to be thrilling with the tournament, previously known as the AFC Futsal Championship, making a return after a four-year hiatus following the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join the-AFC.com as we preview a tough looking Group A that has Kuwait, Iraq, Thailand and debutants Oman.
Kuwait City: As excitement builds for the AFC Futsal Asian Cup™ Kuwait 2022, the-AFC.com takes a look at Group B featuring Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Bahrain and Tajikistan.
Four-time runners-up Uzbekistan will fancy their chances of advancing to the knockout stage but will do well to tread with caution in a group that has familiar Central Asian rivals Turkmenistan and Tajikistan as well as a Bahrain side aiming to impress.