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.
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.
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.
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.
Kuala Lumpur: They are Asian football’s great managers, motivators and masterminds.
More importantly, they are head coaches who steered their teams to AFC Asian Cup™ glory as head coaches.
As the countdown continues to the 18th edition of the tournament in Qatar, join us as we examine the successes of 10 of Asia’s all-time coaching greats, and help us to celebrate their respective AFC Asian Cup successes by voting your favourite.