Dushanbe: Uzbekistan lead the pack at the CAFA U-23 Women’s Championship after earning an impressive 6-0 win over Kyrgyz Republic on the opening day of the competition in Tajikistan.
Bakhrom Norsafarov’s side are closely followed at the top of the table by Islamic Republic of Iran, who beat hosts Tajikistan 4-0, while Afghanistan also began with a win, prevailing 2-1 against Turkmenistan in Friday's Matchday One action.
The action continues with three more matches on Saturday, with the inaugural regional women’s U-23 tournament to conclude on Thursday.
Central Asian talents converge on Tajikistan for regional title
Dushanbe: Central Asia’s brightest young women’s football prospects have arrived in Tajikistan ahead of the inaugural CAFA U-23 Women’s Championship, which begins on Friday.
The host nation is joined by Uzbekistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkmenistan, with all six Central Asian Football Association members competing on a round-robin basis.
A total of 15 matches will be held in two host cities – Dushanbe and Hisor – with the winners to be determined following the final day of competition next Thursday.
Adelaide: Australia made it two wins over Chile in less than a week, defeating the South Americans 1-0 in a friendly international at Hindmarsh Stadium on Tuesday.
Emily Gielnik scored the game’s only goal in the 23rd minute, while Sam Kerr provided the assist, had a penalty saved and hit the woodwork on a night where the Australian captain did everything but score.
The match was part of the Matildas’ preparation for next February’s Olympic Qualifiers, where they will meet Chinese Taipei, Thailand and China PR on the Road to Tokyo.
Nadeshiko too strong for South Africa, China PR win Yongchuan Tournament
Fukuoka: Japan’s build-up to next year’s Tokyo Olympics continued with 2-0 win over South Africa, while China PR beat Brazil on penalties after a 0-0 to win the Yongchuan International Tournament in Chingqing on Sunday
Japan 2-0 South Africa
All of the scoring came in the first half, with Olympique Lyonnais star Saki Kumagai notching a rare international goal in the 20th minute before Yuika Sugasawa added a second four minutes before half time.
Japan’s success follows last month’s 4-0 success over Canada, as the Asian champions look to challenge for medals in their home Olympics next August.
Chinese Taipei confirmed for EAFF E-1 Women’s Championship
Seoul: Chinese Taipei’s bid to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be boosted by competitive matches against some of Asia’s best teams after they were confirmed as starters in the EAFF E-1 Women’s Championship on Wednesday.
The side will travel to Busan for next month’s tournament, where they will face Korea Republic, Japan and China PR as a replacement team for DPR Korea, who withdrew from the event this week.
Chinese Taipei will appear in the final stage of the competition for the first time since 2010 having finished second in last December’s Second Preliminary Round, where they defeated both Hong Kong and Mongolia before losing 2-0 to China PR.
Tokyo 2020 Women's Tournament final qualifying round groups drawn
Kuala Lumpur: The journey to identify the two teams who will join Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football Tournament has begun, following the official draw for Round 3 of the Asian Qualifiers at the AFC House on Friday.
Group A will have DPR Korea, hosts Korea Republic, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Group B pitted Australia, hosts China PR, Thailand and Chinese Taipei.