Memorable clashes ahead as Turkmenistan 2020 groups revealed
Ashgabat: The path to Asian futsal glory has become clearer for the Continent’s top 16 teams, after the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 official draw was conducted at Ashgabat’s Olympia Hotel on Friday.
The ceremony separated the 16 qualified teams into four groups ahead of next year’s competition, where the best in Asian futsal will compete for the title of Continental champions.
Host nation Turkmenistan will begin the competition with what is sure to be a hotly anticipated clash against tournament debutants Oman on February 26, before rounding their Group A commitments with matches against Tajikistan and Vietnam. The final will be played on March 8.
Ho Chi Minh: Thailand beat Indonesia 5-0 to successfully defend their AFF Futsal Championship title at the Phu Tho Stadium on Sunday.
Thailand entered the fray as favourites, having won the tournament in every appearance since 2001, while Indonesia, who narrowly beat Myanmar 4-3 in the semi-finals, were aiming for an upset, setting the stage for a thrilling match.
Ho Chi Minh: Vietnam overcame a tenacious Myanmar 7-3 to finish third in the AFF Futsal Championship 2019, which also secured their place in the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 Finals.
The match began on a competitive note as both sides were aiming for the final ticket to Turkmenistan 2020, but it was Tran Thai Huy who opened the scoring in the sixth minute, before doubling Vietnam's lead moments after the restart.
Qualifiers - Group A: Uzbekistan dazzle to finish top, Afghanistan sign off with win
Urmiya: Uzbekistan produced a stunning display to finish top, while Afghanistan’s campaign finished on a high note as the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 Qualifiers Group A concluded at Ghadir Hall on Friday.
With their place in the Finals secured 24 hours prior, Uzbekistan produced a superb performance to comprehensively beat fellow qualifiers Tajikistan 9-3, while Afghanistan salvaged some pride with a parting 6-2 win over Nepal.