AFC Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022™ Qualifiers poised for exciting battles
Kuala Lumpur: Asian futsal will make a welcome return when the anticipated AFC Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022™ Qualifiers get underway tomorrow at centralised venues.
With host nation Kuwait already assured of a place in the tournament, the Qualifiers will be divided into the West and East Zones while the Central and South Zones are combined, with a total of 15 spots on offer at the tournament proper in September.
East Asia Wrap: Cerezo stun Kawasaki, Jeonbuk return to winning ways
Hong Kong: Cerezo Osaka produced arguably the result of the season so far in Japan as they claimed a stunning 4-1 away victory against defending champions Kawasaki Frontale.
In Korea Republic, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors ended their uncharacteristically poor recent run by edging Gangwon FC 2-1, while there was also action in Mongolia and Macau, so join the-AFC.com as we look back at the latest rounds of fixtures from across East Asia.
Group A: Unstoppable Indonesia, Thailand secure wins
Bangkok: Thailand cruised past Cambodia for a second successive win in Group A of the 2022 AFF Futsal Championship on Sunday, while Indonesia opened their campaign with a strong result over Brunei Darussalam.
Thailand were simply too much for Cambodia after securing a 16-0 win to top the standings with six points after successive wins, while Indonesia enjoyed a great start after beating Brunei 12-0.
AFC Champions League™ 2022 (WEST) - The Host Cities
Riyadh: For the first time in the AFC Champions League™ history, the centralised group stage will take place across four cities in one country, with Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Buraidah hosting west games between 7th and 27th of April.
Over the past three years, and in an effort to ensure continuity of Asia’s premier club competition despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the AFC held the 2020 edition in a centralised format in Qatar, with the cities of Doha and Al Wakrah hosting the games.
Last year, hosting rights for group stage matches were divided between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and India for the West, while Uzbekistan and Thailand hosted games in the East. Ahead of kick-off of the 2022 edition, the-AFC.com profiles the four host cities of West groups.
Fate at Fatorda: The Laxmikant Kattimani fairytale
Hyderabad: Laxmikant Kattimani etched himself into the Indian Super League’s history books with an unforgettable performance that included penalty shootout heroics in the 2021-22 final.
The Hyderabad FC shot-stopper’s man-of-the-match display against Kerala Blasters ensured the club picked up their first-ever piece of silverware. However, it was a far-from-straightforward journey with Kattimani having to overcome difficult moments in his career before finally fulfilling his dream.
From his FC Goa days to clinching the ISL title for Hyderabad, Kattimani shares his experiences in an exclusive interview with the-AFC.com