Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s national teams will take another step towards the FIFA World Cup 2026 and the AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ when the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 kicks off next Thursday.
The dream remains alive for the 10 teams that made it through the first round of the Asian Qualifiers last month and they will join the remaining 26 Member Associations to continue their journey.
Constantine on cloud nine after Pakistan’s historic achievement
Islamabad: As the final whistle echoed through the Jinnah Stadium, head coach Stephen Constantine couldn’t hide his joy after guiding Pakistan to 1-0 victory over Cambodia in Round 1 of the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ Preliminary Joint Qualification on Tuesday.
It was a historic moment for Pakistan, who advanced into Round 2 joining Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tajikistan in Group G.
Kaohsiung City: Chinese Taipei head coach Gary White was delighted after his team secured their FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 berth after defeating Timor Leste 3-0 on Monday.
Three quick-fire goals capped an impressive performance as Chinese Taipei advanced with a 7-0 aggregate win.
Dhaka: Javier Cabrera hailed Bangladesh’s great progress after the South Asian side reached Round 2 of the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ Preliminary Joint Qualification at the expense of a higher-ranked Maldives on Tuesday.
The 3-2 Round 1 aggregate win capped the incredible work the team had put in since Cabrera took over as head coach in January 2022, with the Spaniard extremely pleased to see their sacrifices come to fruition.
Vientiane: Vincenzo Annese was delighted after Nepal took their place alongside 35 other teams in Round 2 of the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ Preliminary Joint Qualification after navigating 2-1 past Laos on aggregate.
Going into the second leg tied 1-1, Manish Dangi’s second half goal proved pivotal to send Nepal through leaving head coach Annese with plenty to smile about.
Macau: Myanmar head coach Michael Feichtenbeiner wants his players to view their upcoming clash with Japan as a chance to further improve after the Southeast Asians booked their place in the next phase of the Joint Qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™.
Myanmar were held to a 0-0 draw by Macau on Tuesday but will face four-time AFC Asian Cup winners Japan as well as DPR Korea and Syria in Group B of the second round after a 5-1 win in the first leg in Yangon on Thursday had put them in pole position to progress.
Kuala Lumpur: The first hurdle in the quest to reach the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ was overcome on Tuesday with the conclusion of the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1.
Ten teams advance to Round 2, where they will join 26 other sides so stay updated on all the action with the-AFC.com.