Tashkent: Uzbekistan’s improving women’s national team are set to be challenged like never before, after the announcement of a pair of friendly internationals against world champions, the United States of America.
Winners of the past two FIFA Women’s World Cups, the Americans will host Midori Honda’s side in Columbus, Ohio on April 9, before the two sides cross paths again three days later in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Saudi Arabia women’s team determined to scale greater heights
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia women’s national team returned home on Tuesday following their international debut with Monika Staab’s squad determined to push harder as they seek the step up to competitive football.
Following their preparatory camp in mid-January, Saudi Arabia embarked on their maiden outing to the Maldives capital, Male, where they defeated Seychelles and hosts Maldives by 2-0 scorelines in their international debut.
The hard work has just begun for the Philippines, says skipper Hali Long
Manila: After a historic AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ campaign, Philippines captain Hali Long believes the Madiltas must continue working hard with continental tournaments on the horizon.
The Philippines grew from strength to strength at India 2022 to reach the AFC Women’s Asian Cup semi-finals for the first time and also secured a maiden appearance in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the Southeast Asian side to join the world’s best in Australia/New Zealand 2023.
2022 Malaysia Super League: 5 things to look out for
Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysia Super League becomes the latest domestic league to kick off when the 2022 campaign gets underway on Friday.
Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are chasing a record-extending ninth successive title as the Southern Tigers look to continue their dominance in the Southeast Asian country, while several of the chasing pack recruited heavily in their bids to challenge the defending champions.
Ahead of the first round of fixtures, the-AFC.com has selected five things to look out for.
Turkmenistan’s Mingazov joins Kitchee’s AFC Champions League push
Hong Kong: Kitchee SC have added international experience to their 2022 AFC Champions League push, securing the signature of Turkmenistan midfielder Ruslan Mingazov on Thursday.
An attacking midfielder or winger, the 30-year-old joins the club after contributing seven goals in all competitions for Kazakhstan Premier League outfit FC Caspiy last season and is expected to feature in next month’s continental campaign.
Bangkok: Thai League 1 club Port FC announced the appointment of Jadet Meelarp as interim head coach on Wednesday ahead of their 2022 AFC Champions League™ campaign.
The experienced Meelarp, who made his name with Chonburi FC after winning the domestic league in 2007, the 2010 Thai FA Cup and two Kor Royal Cup titles in 2007 and 2011, replaces Sarawut Treephan at the helm.
AFC Champions League 2022™ (West) Group Stage to be held in Saudi Arabia
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Champions League 2022™ (West) Group Stage centralised matches will be held in Saudi Arabia from April 7 to 27, subject to ratification by the AFC Executive Committee of the AFC Competitions Committee’s decision regarding the Hosting of Centralised Matches in the Group Stage.
Four-time Continental club champions Al Hilal SFC will begin their title defence in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, where the 17-time Saudi Pro League winners will face Group A contenders Tajikistan’s FC Istiklol, Qatar’s Al Rayyan SC as well as the winners of the Playoff Stage match between Sharjah from the United Arab Emirates and Iraqi side Al Zawraa Club.
A Welcome Move: Bienvenido Marañón excited by new challenge at Johor Darul Ta’zim
Johor Bahru: After a goal and trophy-laden seven-year spell, the AFC Cup’s all-time top goalscorer Bienvenido Marañón brought an end to his time in the Filipino top flight with a high profile move to Southeast Asian giants Johor Darul Ta’zim ahead of the 2022 Malaysia Super League season.
The Spanish-born Philippines striker joined the-AFC.com for an exclusive interview to discuss his move to JDT, the upcoming domestic and continental campaigns, and his goals and ambitions for 2022.