Kim dedicates qualification to Malaysian fans, Bahrain's Sousa already planning for Finals
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Kim Pan Gon congratulated his players and dedicated Malaysia's AFC Asian Cup 2023™ qualification to the team's fans.
Malaysia went into their Matchday Three AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Group E tie against Bangladesh on Tuesday knowing a win would confirm their first appearance in the Continental showpiece since 2007 and promptly cruised to a 4-1 win.
The victory also meant Malaysia qualified for the AFC Asian Cup on merit for the first time since the 1980 edition and Kim was proud that his team had delivered.
AFC President congratulates Asian teams as AFC Asian Cup 2023™ cast finalised
Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated the 11 Asian sides who sealed their places at the Continent’s pinnacle national team stage following the conclusion of the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round on Tuesday.
The road to the 18th edition of Asia’s crown jewel commenced on June 6, 2019, in Mongolia and Tuesday’s thrilling action, which culminated in Kuwait, brought to a close a qualification journey spanning more than three years.
Kuala Lumpur: The cast for the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Finals was confirmed following the conclusion of the Final Round of Qualifiers on Tuesday.
Eleven teams booked their tickets from the six qualifying groups that were played in Bishkek, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait City, Namangan and Ulaanbaatar, with Tajikistan creating history by confirming their first appearance in the Continental showpiece.
The 11 qualifiers join the 13 teams who had already booked their places after the second round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar™ in June, 2021.
AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round - MD3 Results & Reports
Kuala Lumpur: The cast for the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ will be finalised on Tuesday. While some teams' hopes have already been dashed, most remain in contention in the six AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round groups.
The six group winners and five best runners-up will join the 13 teams who have already qualified for the Finals.
Stay updated on the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round through the AFC's digital platforms.
Tashkent: Head coach Timur Kapadze is fully aware of what is stake when the hosts face Japan in the semi-finals of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Wednesday.
The match at the Bunyodkor Stadium will be a repeat of the 2018 quarter-final with Uzbekistan defeating Japan 4-0 en route to winning the title.
Japan’s Class of 2022, however, are at a different level - as shown in their impressive 3-0 win over defending champions Korea Republic in the quarter-finals and Kapadze knows his team, who edged Iraq on penalties to advance, are in for another massive challenge.