Al Ram: Some of West Asia’s most promising youngsters will continue their preparations for this year’s 2020 AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers when the 2019 WAFF U-18 Championship begins in Palestine on Thursday.
Being staged for the first time, the competition features six teams from the region, all of whom will participate in the Continental qualifiers in November.
All 11 matches in the competition will be held at Al Ram’s Faisal Al Husseini International Stadium.
Dushanbe: A late goal from Mahdi Hashemnezhad Rahimabadi gave Islamic Republic of Iran the point they needed to win the 2019 CAFA U-19 Championship title after they earned a 1-1 draw against 10-man Tajikistan at Dushanbe Central Stadium on Thursday.
Needing only to avoid defeat to hold off the hosts in the final match of the round-robin competition, Iran fell behind to a first-half goal from promising Tajikistan striker Rustam Soirov but hit back with Rahimabadi’s 80th-minute leveller to become the Central Asian champions.
Earlier in the day, Uzbekistan beat Turkmenistan 2-0 to finish third in the competition, which serves as preparation for the forthcoming 2020 AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers.