Sydney: Australia’s women’s team will face Sweden in a friendly in Kalmar on June 16 as the Matildas continue their preparations for the Olympic Games football tournament in Tokyo this summer.
The game will be played at the Kalmar Arena and will see the Australians taking on a team that won the silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games before finishing third at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019.
Kuala Lumpur: Al Ahed FC created history in 2019 as they became the first side from Lebanon to lift the AFC Cup after seeing off DPR Korea's 4.25 SC 1-0 in the final.
Issah Yakubu stole the headlines when he headed home with just over 15 minutes to play, but this was a triumph built first and foremost by solidarity throughout. The Beirut side conceded just three goals in a campaign in which they were almost impenetrable at the back.
Led by established Lebanese internationals such as captain Haytham Faour and goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil, as well as skillful forward players Mohamed Haider and Ahmed Zreik, there was no shortage of talent in Bassem Marmar's all-conquering side.
As Al Ahed prepare to kick off their 2021 AFC Cup group stage on May 24, the-AFC.com looks back at a success that will live long in the memory.
Happy days for Arazov as Ahal break through to AFC Cup knockout stage
Bishkek: A delighted Hojaahmet Arazov praised his victorious Ahal FC players after they sealed the club’s first ever AFC Cup group stage appearance with a 2-0 win over FC Dordoi on Monday.
Needing a win to seal qualification on the night, the Turkmen side went ahead inside seven minutes thanks to Aleksander Mischenko’s unfortunate own goal, before captain Elman Tagayev swept home the sealer 12 minutes from time to make it two wins from two for Arazov’s men.
Runners-up for the last four seasons in Turkmenistan’s Yokary Liga, Ahal knew only winning the three-team Group E would be good enough to reach August’s Zonal finals, and they completed the task with back-to-back wins.
Alay’s Yusupov hails youngsters despite falling short in AFC Cup classic against Altyn Asyr
Dushanbe: FC Alay boss Numondzhon Yusupov credited his young players for an AFC Cup comeback which ultimately saw the Kyrgyz side edged out 5-4 by Altyn Asyr FC on Monday.
Behind to a disastrous goalkeeping error in the blink of an eye and starting down the barrel of a heavy defeat at 4-1 down after 48 minutes, Alay roared back into contention thanks to a pair of own goals from Guychmyrat Annagulyyev and Furkat Tursunov before remarkably equalising through Adilet Nurlan uulu in the 89th minute.
But just as it looked like Alay had salvaged a first ever AFC Cup point against Turkmen opposition, Asadbek Alimov fouled Altyn Asyr substitute Rahman Myratberdiyev, with Altymyrat Annadurdyyev stepping up to ease home the winner – his fourth goal in two matches – in the third minute of stoppage time.
Lion City Sailors appoint AFC Champions League winner Kim Do-hoon as head coach
Singapore: Lion City Sailors have announced Kim Do-hoon as the Singapore Premier League club’s new head coach.
Kim, who led Korea Republic's Ulsan Hyundai FC to victory in 2020 AFC Champions League, has joined the Sailors on a two-and-a-half year deal. He is expected to officially link up with the team in June.
The former Korean international will step into the role vacated by Aurelio Vidmar, who left the Sailors in April.
Yoshida announces squad for Singapore's Asian Qualifiers challenge
Singapore: Head coach Tatsuma Yoshida has left defender Safuwan Baharudin out of the 26-man Singapore squad for the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The Japanese coach has not selected the Selangor centre-half as a precaution after he suffered a recent concussion, but has included uncapped trio Saifullah Akbar, Idraki Adnan and Ilhan Fandi in a squad captained by new Lions City Sailors signing Hariss Harun.