Saudi Arabia’s Alharbi expects more after tough win against Australia
Chonburi: Saudi Arabia head coach Abdulwahab Nasser Alharbi was delighted with the performance of his charges in their 2-0 defeat of Australia in their AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 Group C opener on Friday.
Describing it as a ‘tough game’, Alharbi said his team struggled in the first half due to Australia’s stronger physique and organisation but played better after the break and their performance paid off with goals from Nawaf Albishri and Nawaf Aljadaani.
Chanothai: Team effort secured Thailand dramatic victory
Pathum Thani: As hosts Thailand began their AFC U17 Asian Cup™ 2023 campaign with a thrilling 2-1 win against Group A rivals Laos on Thursday, all eyes were on rising star Chanothai Kongmeng.
It was Chanothai’s clever cross that led to Dutsadee Buranajutanon deftly tucking the ball away into the bottom left corner of the net early in the first half. Laos, however, equalised minutes later but Thailand’s perseverance saw Chanothai netting the winner in the fifth minute of added time.
Bangkok: Group D’s opening match of the AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023, promises to be a grand spectacle as former champions Japan and Uzbekistan will lock horns at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on Saturday.
For Japan, it is an opportunity to retain the title they won in 2018, when the contest was known as the AFC U16 Championship, while for Uzbekistan, it is a chance to redeem themselves after missing out on the last edition of the tournament.