Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee has decided to revise the timeline of the bidding process for the selection of the host for the AFC Asian Cup 2027.
Given the ever-evolving nature and the prevailing challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AFC Executive Committee acknowledged the travel restrictions in organising the inspection visits to the Bidding Member Associations, which forms an essential part of the bidding process for the selection of Asia’s most prestigious men’s football tournament.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Japan's bid to end long wait starts with South Africa
Tokyo: Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan side begin their quest to deliver the country’s first Olympic medal in 53 years as the tournament hosts take on South Africa in Group A at Tokyo Stadium on Thursday.
The Japanese have their sights sets on winning a first medal since 1968, when striker Kunishige Kamamoto led the country to the bronze medal in Mexico City with a 2-0 win over the competition’s hosts.
Moriyasu’s side have impressed during the build-up to the competition and go into the meeting with the South Africans unbeaten in their last five games, during which time they have claimed some impressive results.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Australia determined not be intimidated by Argentina
Tokyo: Australia will not be overawed by heavyweight opponents Argentina and will instead focus entirely on their own game in the Tokyo Olympic opener on Thursday, according to head coach Graham Arnold.
Appearing in men’s football at the Games for the first time since Beijing 2008, the Olyroos are considered outsiders in a daunting group featuring Argentina, Spain and Egypt.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Korea Republic set for stern test of medal credentials in opener against New Zealand
Tokyo: 2020 AFC U23 champions Korea Republic will need to be on top of their game when they face an experienced New Zealand side in their Tokyo 2020 curtain raiser at Kashima Stadium on Thursday.
Coach Kim Hak-bum's side will want to kick off their Group B campaign with a winning start but they will need to improve upon defensive issues that arose in their two warm-up matches against Argentina and France last week.
In both games, errors at the back presented their opponents with opportunities that they did not spurn and the absence of gifted centre-back Kim Min-jae, who was originally selected as one of the three overage players but was not released by club Beijing FC, seems to have hamstrung the defence.
Kuala Lumpur: With six months to go to the Continent’s most prestigious women’s national team football competition, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) have today launched the tournament logo of the upcoming edition, which will be held from January 20 to February 6 next year.
The 2022 edition will once again blaze a new trail in the development of the women’s game in Asia with an expanded 12 teams set to compete for Continental supremacy – four more than the last four editions – and will feature a newly-introduced Quarter-final stage for the first time in Asian women’s football history.