Tashkent: The AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 campaign kicks off on Wednesday with 16 teams from across the continent battling it out to follow in the footsteps of former winners Iraq (2014), Japan (2016), Uzbekistan (2018) and Korea Republic (2020).
As ever, some of Asia’s finest young talents will be on display, and the-AFC.com has identified several key players to look out for.
Tashkent: Islamic Republic of Iran and Qatar have promised their best when they kick off their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group A campaign on Wednesday.
The Bunyodkor Stadium will feature a tie between two teams who have made it past the group stage in previous editions, and both head coaches are aiming to secure an early advantage in a tough group that also includes 2018 champions Uzbekistan and debutants Turkmenistan.
Tashkent: Head coach Timur Kapadze is expecting a tough Matchday One encounter when Uzbekistan open their account against debutants Turkmenistan in Group A of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Wednesday.
Uzbekistan tasted continental success in 2018 when they defeated Vietnam 2-1 for their maiden title and despite home advantage, Kapadze said his team will not underestimate any of their opponents.
Qarshi: Iraq will face Jordan at the Markaziy Stadium on Wednesday as they aim to become the first team to win the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ for a second time.
After struggling to negotiate past the group stage in the 2020 edition, Iraq head coach Miroslav Soukup will rely on a mixture of local and international-based players to steer his side to their first three points against a promising Jordan team.
Qarshi: Australia and Kuwait are both determined to hit the ground running when they begin their quest for AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 glory at the Markaziy Stadium on Wednesday.
The Olyroos are coming off a one-week training camp in Uzbekistan’s capital city of Tashkent while Kuwait, making only their second appearance since the inaugural tournament in 2013, have their sights on qualifying to the knockout stage.
AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Match Predictor launched
Tashkent: To kick off the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022, the AFC has today launched an Official Match Predictor on the-AFC.com for passionate fans in Asia and across the globe to engage with the competition, which is set for a thrilling campaign from June 1 to 19.
Fans can predict the outcome of all the 32 matches and accumulate points for their correct predictions. Additional bonus points are also on offer for those who invite their friends to join the game via social media.