AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round: One talking point from each group
Kuala Lumpur: The remaining 24 teams now know exactly what is required to reach the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™, and no there is no shortage of talking points following Thursday’s Qualifiers Final Round draw.
Rivalries, old and new, will be rekindled, the cream of Asian football will rise when hopefuls representing the full length and breadth of Asia convene across six cities in June.
Looking ahead to the action in less than four months’ time, the-AFC.com has picked out one point of interest from each group, all of which are set to produce thrilling fixtures.
Groups decided for AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round promises to be a thrilling affair with the 24 teams learning their opponents on Thursday.
The draw, held virtually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, saw the teams drawn into six groups.
The six group winners and five best second-placed teams will join hosts China PR, Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea Republic, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United Arab Emirates and Vietnam in the Finals.
Kim hopeful of ending Malaysia’s long wait for AFC Asian Cup™ appearance
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Kim Pan-gon believes Malaysia can end their 16-year wait to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup™ following the China 2023 Qualifiers Final Round draw on Thursday.
Malaysia last qualified on merit in the 1980 Kuwait edition, while in 2007, they featured as joint hosts alongside Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Kim’s side will host Group E and will kick off their qualifying campaign against Turkmenistan at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on June 8 before facing Bahrain on June 11 and Bangladesh three days later.