Uzbekistan set to be first-ever Central Asian host of AFC U23 Asian Cup in 2022
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee has today ratified the AFC Competitions Committee’s recommendation to award the hosting rights of the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022 to the Uzbekistan Football Association in a milestone decision which will mark the first time the tournament will be staged in the Central Zone.
The decision to award the hosting of the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022 to Uzbekistan, which will be held from June 1-19, was reached following a comprehensive assessment of the bidding proposals, which include meeting all the sporting, infrastructure and risk assessment requirements as well as the preparations already in place for the recently cancelled AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020.
The tournament, which was won by Korea Republic when it was held in Thailand last year, will begin its Qualifiers later this year from October 23 – 31, 2021 in a centralised format with the venues to be decided and communicated in due course.
Azmoun, Alykulov and Japan’s Bundesliga stars: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week
Kuala Lumpur: Asian players outside the continent just can’t stop scoring, and goals are the order of the day in this week’s search for the AFC International Player of the Week.
In matches from March 10 to 16, this week’s 10 nominees piled on 16 goals between them with Sam Kerr and Shahrom Samiev both bagging hat-tricks, a pair of Japanese teammates starring in Germany, and last week’s winner and runner-up – Gulzhigit Alykulov and Sardar Azmoun – both continuing their scoring form.
But who deserves the title as the week’s outstanding player? Study our goal-laden list of contenders and don’t forget to cast your vote.
Moriyasu names Minamino, Tomiyasu, Yoshida in Japan squad
Tokyo: Head coach Hajime Moriyasu has included Europe-based players Takumi Minamino, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Maya Yoshida in Japan's squad for matches against Korea Republic and Mongolia.
Moriyasu named a squad of 23 players for the friendly against Korea Republic on Thursday, which will be followed by the Asian Qualifiers tie for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 against Mongolia five days later.
Tajikistan unveil squad for crucial Mongolia clash
Dushanbe: Tajikistan national team boss Usmon Toshev has revealed his squad for next week’s vital Asian Qualifiers match against Mongolia, naming 23 eligible players for the clash at Dushanbe Central Republic Stadium.
The Central Asian side currently lie third in Group F, making next Thursday’s match one they likely must win if they are to remain in with a realistic chance of advancing to the third round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which would also mean a slot in the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals.
Eight overseas-based players appear on the 24-man list, but one – Navbahor Namangan midfielder Ehsoni Panshanbe - will train with the national team squad despite being suspended for next Thursday’s match.