Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's return to the AFC Asian Cup™ for the first time since they co-hosted the 2007 edition couldn't have resulted in a tougher draw - with Korea Republic, Jordan and Bahrain their Group E challengers.
Head coach Kim Pan-gon and his team, however, are relishing the challenge of taking on three sides who are all ranked way above the Southeast Asian side.
Kuala Lumpur: Denied a place in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™ knockout stage by the slimmest of margins, Lebanon are determined to enjoy an extended run at Qatar 2023.
The West Asian side lost out to Vietnam on the fairplay rule in 2019 and head coach Nikola Jurcevic's mission will be to ensure Lebanon advance past the group stage for the first time in what will be their third participation on the continental stage.
Kuala Lumpur: Hajime Moriyasu may have described Group D as extremely tough but the Japanese tactician will be confident of his team's AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ chances.
Denied a fifth title by a brilliant Qatar in the 2019 edition, Japan will enter the upcoming Finals boosted by a strong performance at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, where they came agonisingly close to a first ever quarter-final appearance.
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Jesus Casas said it will be difficult but not impossible for Iraq to navigate Group D of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™, with four-time champions Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam their opponents.
Having overcome tremendous odds to emerge champions in 2007, Iraq's best achievement since then was a semi-final appearance in 2015 but the West Asian side look in good shape to challenge for the Qatar 2023 title.
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Shin Tae-yong believes Indonesia have a decent chance of advancing to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ Round of 16 despite being drawn in a tough Group D.
Shin's confidence stems from his side's ability to advance to the Finals from a difficult qualifying campaign, with Indonesia producing their best in the third round to join the continent's best in Qatar 2023.