Bangkok: Head coach Akira Nishino has declared that Thailand aim to focus on playing their natural game when the host nation faces Bahrain in Group A of the AFC U23 Championship on Wednesday.
With matches against Australia and competition heavyweights Iraq also looming large, the Japanese tactician is therefore adamant that his charges must concentrate on doing what they do best if they are to stand any chance of advancing.
Continental glory and Olympics qualification up for grabs at Thailand 2020
Bangkok: Asia’s rising stars will look to clinch both Continental glory and qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games when the AFC U23 Championship begins in Thailand on Wednesday.
A total of 16 teams will look to succeed Uzbekistan following their 2-1 triumph over Vietnam two years ago and Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the AFC President, has sent his best wishes to the Continent’s future stars.
Bangkok: Abdulghani Shahad is hoping history can repeat itself when the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 kicks off on Wednesday as he looks to guide Iraq to the Finals of the Olympic Games, just as he did four years ago in Qatar.
Shahad was at the helm as the Iraqis booked their place in Rio de Janeiro with a third place finish in the 2016 edition of the competition and he is setting his sights on a similar outcome ahead of his team’s Group A opener against Australia.
Bangkok: As host nation Thailand prepare to lock horns with Iraq, Australia and Bahrain at January’s AFC U23 Championship, there appears little to choose between Group A’s quartet of title contenders.
Ahead of Wednesday’s opening matches, when Iraq face Australia and Thailand take on Bahrain, join the-AFC.com as we begin our detailed look at the teams vying for Continental glory across four venues in Thailand.
The top two sides in Group A will qualify for the quarter-finals, while the tournament’s top three finishers will earn places at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Kuala Lumpur: A foursome of fearsome forwards are the main men to watch out for in Group A of the AFC U23 Championship 2020 containing hosts Thailand, inaugural winners Iraq, Australia and Bahrain.
The quartet will go into the campaign on the back of a strong 2019 and, in what is likely to be a closely contested group, their countries' hopes of progressing to the knockout rounds of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 could rest upon their form in front of goal in Southeast Asia.