Kuala Lumpur: Over the years, the AFC Cup™ has introduced some of the finest talents to the forefront of Asian football, and as we approach the 2022 edition, clubs from the West Zone aiming to go far in the campaign will look for their standout players to show their qualities.
From home-grown players to big money signings to unearthed gems recruited from obscure leagues, the-AFC.com profiles five players who could make the difference to their sides across the three West Zone groups.
Kuala Lumpur:The stage is set for the South Zone of the AFC Cup™ 2022 with Group D to kick off in Kolkata on May 18 as Indian sides ATK Mohun Bagan and Gokulam Kerala as well as Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings and Maziya S&R of the Maldives get set to battle it out for a place in the Inter-Zone semi-finals.
Since the introduction of the zonal format five years ago, a number of stars from the region have shone on the continental stage, none more so than Indian icon Sunil Chhetri, who inspired Karnataka side Bengaluru FC to the knockout rounds in 2017 and 2018.
Elsewhere, Sohel Rana has been among the Bangladeshi players to produce the goods, while the evergreen Ali Ashfaq is always the standout name from a Maldivian perspective.
Ahead of the South Zone beginning in just a few days’ time, the-AFC.com has selected some players to keep an eye out for in the 2022 edition.
Sohel Rana: Bashundhara Kings fully focused on South Zone crown
Dhaka: Sohel Rana grabbed the attention of the continent when he scored a memorable goal at the 2019 AFC Cup™ knockout stage, after helping Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka claim the South Zone title. Three years later, he is set to return to the competition hoping to create further history.
Now in the books of Bashundhara Kings, the 27-year-old is aiming to emulate his heroics this time for his new club. He speaks about his early days in the AFC Cup and his ambitions for the upcoming campaign in an exclusive interview with the-AFC.com.
Auckland to host Australia/New Zealand 2023 Draw in October
Auckland: FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson announced on Friday that Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau will host the Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ on Saturday, 22 October 2022.
Taking place in Aotea Centre, the Draw will reveal the match fixtures for the 32 teams competing in the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in just over a year.
The globally televised draw show will include cultural performances and insights into the five Australian and four New Zealand Host Cities that will welcome teams and football fans, as well as many surprises.