Phillips aiming to climb AFC Women's Asian Cup mountain with Nepal
Kathmandu: With or without their record-breaking striker, Nepal’s women’s national team are aiming to climb a footballing mountain, and their well-travelled coach is hopeful that AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 will represent the peak.
Think of a technical role in a football organisation and Gary Philips is likely to have some first-hand knowledge of it. Men or women, clubs or national teams, coaching players or educating coaches; he has seen and done it all.
A former title-winning player and head coach in top-flight men's football in Australia, he has gone on to build an extensive and varied résumé featuring roles in Malaysia, Vietnam and Tonga, to name a few, but the biggest challenge is arguably still to come.
His football journey took him Nepal in 2019, when he became the All Nepal Football Association’s Technical Director; a role he still holds but one which, since February, comes with the added responsibility of leading the women's national team in their bid to secure an unprecedented qualification for Asia’s premier women’s competition.
Five strikers who lit up the 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage (West)
Kuala Lumpur: With the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage (West) concluded, the-AFC.com looks back at five strikers who lit up the competition.
Some are AFC Champions League veterans, some made their debut in the competition, some have been eliminated while others will continue to challenge for the title of the 2021 AFC Champions League top scorer, but what they all have in common is that their 26 goals combined were some of the finest highlights of the first part of the competition.
We proved ourselves in the AFC Champions League, says FC Goa's Dheeraj Singh
Goa: Buoyed by his and FC Goa's performance in the 2021 AFC Champions League, goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh hopes more Indian clubs will get to compete in the continent's premier club tournament.
Describing every AFC Champions League match as a learning curve, the young goalkeeper said the experience gained was tremendous.
FC Goa went into their AFC Champions League debut with the odds stacked against them but more than held their own in a Group E that had two-time runnersup Persepolis FC of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Al Wahda FSCC of the UAE and Qatar's Al Rayyan.
Football returns to Kyrgyz Republic’s national stadium ahead of AFC Cup
Bishkek: Bishkek’s Dolen Omurzakov Stadium has staged top-level football for the first time since 2019, setting the scene for next week’s AFC Cup group stage.
The venue – the home ground the Kyrgyz Republic national team – was in action for Kyrgyz Premier League matches on Friday and Saturday night, paving the way for Group E of the continental tournament, which begins on Friday.
Women’s football session focuses on Asia’s future generation
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) commitment to strengthen the foundations of women’s football in Asia was highlighted in the latest Women’s Football Focus-Group Session which concluded on Thursday.
The virtual meeting was organised for Growing Member Associations (MAs) with more than 70 women football administrators, coaches and tutors gaining valuable insights on the promotion of the women’s game.