Ji: Korea Republic have come to win the tournament
Pune: Korea Republic’s Ji So-yun is determined to lift the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ title.
The 20th edition of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup will also see five teams automatically join Australia in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but qualification isn’t enough for Ji who is aiming to clinch the title with the Taeguk Ladies for the first-time ever.
Mumbai: China PR made a dream start to their AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ campaign, easing to a 4-0 win over Chinese Taipei in a sun-bathed tournament opener at Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.
Appearing on the international stage for the first time since July 2020, the Steel Roses took little time to get going, scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes to all but extinguish Chinese Taipei’s hopes of an upset in their first appearance at the Finals since 2008.
Wang Shuang was the headline act with two goals and an assist in Shui Qingxia’s first game as head coach, with Wang Shanshan and Zhang Xin also getting on the scoresheet in a comprehensive win.
Pune: Korea Republic are seeking to end their title drought in AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™, but head coach Colin Bell wants his players to first focus on Friday’s opening Group C tie against Vietnam.
Korea Republic have qualified for every edition of the Finals since 1991, with a third-placed finish in 2003 their best achievement. In Vietnam, they will play a team who are also regulars in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, having made every Finals since 1999.
Pune: Japan are entering the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ as two-time defending champions and while it may be a heavy burden for some, head coach Futoshi Ikeda welcomes the pressure and is looking forward to the challenge.
Japan kick off their title defence in Group C against Myanmar at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Friday.
Mumbai: They may be separated by more than 80 places in the world rankings, but Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson will take nothing for granted when his side begin their AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ campaign against Indonesia on Friday.
The Matildas are a powerhouse in this competition, reaching the final in four of the last five editions and touching down in India as the highest-ranked team in this year’s event, while Indonesia have qualified for the group stage for the first time since 1989.
Intamee: Thailand’s target is to reach the quarter-finals
Navi Mumbai: Silawan Intamee is confident Thailand can perform at their best ahead of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ Group B opener against Southeast Asian rivals the Philippines on Friday.
Apart from the Philippines, Miyo Okamoto's charges will also have Australia and Indonesia for company in Group B, with the top two teams from each of the three groups - along with the two best third placed sides - advancing to the quarter-finals.