Saudi Arabia defeat Uzbekistan to lift long awaited title
Tashkent: Saudi Arabia were crowned the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 champions after beating Uzbekistan 2-0 in the final on Sunday.
The young Green Falcons turned on the power in the second half with Ahmed Alghamdi and Firas Albrikan finding the back of the net as Saudi Arabia lifted the title for the first time after having finished runners-up in 2013 and 2020.
Amazingly, the 2022 title was won with Saudi Arabia not conceding a single goal in six matches.
Japan’s Oiwa promises players will continue to develop
Tashkent: Japan finished third in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022, and despite it not being the ending head coach Go Oiwa had targeted, the tactician was optimistic his players had learnt valuable lessons.
The young Samurai Blue were back at their best in the third-place playoff match against Australia, with Kein Sato opening the scoring as early as the seventh minute, before a Kai Trewin own goal doubled their lead in the 39th minute, with Shota Fujio then sealing the win with his second half strike at the Pakhtakor Stadium on Saturday.
Tashkent: Singled out as an exemplary leader by head coach Trevor Morgan, Australia U23 captain Tyrese Francois is determined to take his career to the next level by earning a call-up to the senior national team.
Francois was a model of consistency throughout Australia’s AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 campaign and the midfielder is hoping his progression may just catch the eye of Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold.