Ahmedov: Uzbekistan must avoid repeating past mistakes
Tashkent: Uzbekistan's FIFA World Cup qualifying history has been littered with agonising narrow failures to reach football’s biggest stage.
Since being affiliated to FIFA in 1994, the Central Asians have stormed to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for all the past six FIFA World Cups. However, some erratic form or lack of consistency has seen them fail at the final hurdle each time.
Kuala Lumpur: The Continent's elite players will be travelling across the globe over the next 24 hours ahead of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
All 40 teams aiming for qualification will be in action with Matchdays Three and Four scheduled for October 10 and 15.
As we prepare for another fiesta of national team football, the-AFC.com takes a look at the scenario in the eight groups heading into the next two rounds of matches on the Road to Qatar 2022 and China 2023.
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation has agreed to a request from the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) to shift the Asian Qualifiers' Group G tie between Indonesia and Vietnam on October 15 to the Capt. I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Bali.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying match was originally scheduled to be played at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
Doha: Head coach Felix Sanchez has made five changes to the Qatar squad for their upcoming Asian Qualifiers Group E matches against Bangladesh and Oman.
Fahad Younes, Fahad Shnein, Mohamad Alaaeldin, Abdulrahman Mohamad and Ahmad Moein have been called up as Qatar bid to get their campaign back on a winning track after being held 0-0 by India on Matchday Two.
Sydney: Newcastle Jet Dimitri Petratos has replaced Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Massimo Luongo in the Socceroos’ squad for the Asian Qualifiers' matches against Nepal and Chinese Taipei, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said in a statement on Sunday.
Luongo played in England overnight but has been managing a minor knee issue, and following discussions with Australia’s coaching and medical staff it has been decided not to risk him over the coming weeks.
Malaysia's Tan calls for focus ahead of Vietnam tie
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Tan Cheng Hoe is hoping Malaysia will maintain the momentum which carried them to a 6-0 win over Sri Lanka in an international friendly on Saturday into their Asian Qualifiers campaign.
Malaysia face Vietnam in Hanoi on Thursday in a Group G match needing a positive result after having fallen to a 2-1 defeat to United Arab Emirates last month.
The Southeast Asians had opened their bid to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 with a thrilling 3-2 win over Indonesia in Jakarta.
Amman: Jordan played to a goalless draw with Singapore in an international friendly match at Amman International Stadium on Saturday as both teams prepare for their respective Asian Qualifiers' campaigns.
Jordan had the better of the chances but failed to find a way past the Singapore defence.
Abdallah Al Attar and Ward Al Barri saw their efforts go wide in the opening minutes while Nooraldeen Al Rawabdeh also failed to find the target when he broke through just before the half-time break.