Hong Kong: China PR head coach Aleksandar Jankovic will be in no hurry to rejuvenate his squad in the build-up to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ Finals next January as he looks to lead the country back to the upper reaches of the Asian game.
The Chinese have been drawn to face hosts Qatar as well as Tajikistan and Lebanon in Group A at the Finals with several players who represented the country at the last AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2019 still integral to the national team squad.
But while key players such as goalkeeper Yan Junling, defender Zhang Linpeng, captain Wu Xi and striker Wu Lei are now reaching the veteran stage of their careers, Jankovic is convinced his squad retains the ability to compete with the continent’s best.
Queiroz introduces fresh faces as he charts new course for Qatar
Doha: There will be a fresh look to the Qatar squad for their CONCACAF Gold Cup challenge as Carlos Quieroz gets set for his first tournament as head coach.
The Portuguese, who replaced Felix Sanchez as head coach, has two major targets - Qatar's defence of their AFC Asian Cup™ title and qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Among those missing from the Qatar squad for the Gold Cup are Captain Hassan Al Haydos, Akram Afif, Karim Boudiaf, Pedro Miguel, Boualem Khoukhi, Abdulaziz Hatem and Saad Al Sheeb in Queiroz's bid to blood new players.
Doha: With the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ groups finalised and the teams already planning their preparations, the coming months ahead of the continental showpiece kicking off on January 12, 2024 are sure to be filled with excitement.
Having already taken a look at Groups A, B and C, join the-AFC.com as we anticipate what is in store in Groups D, E and F.
The six group winners and runners-up, together with the four best third-placed teams will advance to the Round of 16.
Doha: As the dust settles on the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ draw and the teams start planning their preparations, excitement is set to peak in the months ahead of the continental showpiece kicking off on January 12, 2024.
The six group winners and runners-up, together with the four best third-placed teams, will advance to the Round of 16.
The action promises to be thrilling and as we await the kick-off, join the-AFC.com as we take a look at what is in store in Groups A, B and C of Qatar 2023.
AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ match schedule reveals thrilling showdowns
Doha: With the curtain setting on a glitzy ceremony at the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ Final Draw earlier today, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have announced the official match schedule for the 18th edition of Asia’s crown jewel.
Asia’s top 24 teams discovered their group stage fate at the Katara Opera House in Doha for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ and will do battle at the Continental showpiece between 12 January to 10 February, 2024.