Kathmandu: Head coach Johan Kalin has named the Nepal squad for the Asian Qualifiers Group B tie against Kuwait on Tuesday with forward Bharat Khawas earning a recall.
Khawas, a lieutenant with the Nepal Army, missed the side's first four FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying matches due to work commitments and is looking to help revive the South Asian team's campaign.
Nepal have three points with Kuwait set to be tough opposition, the West Asian side having won the corresponding fixture 7-0 in September. They were also in impressive form on Thursday, defeating Chinese Taipei 9-0.
Vietnam not there yet despite win over UAE, says Park
Hanoi: Head coach Park Hang-seo credited Thursday's 1-0 Asian Qualifiers victory against United Arab Emirates as a team effort but warned that Vietnam still have a long, difficult road ahead.
Nguyen Tien Linh’s super strike was the difference as Vietnam held on for victory at My Dinh Stadium on Thursday to move top of Group E, while the UAE dropped to third place with six points from two wins and two defeats.
Vietnam still have four games left in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualification, and their next match is against regional rivals Thailand in Hanoi on Tuesday.
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Akira Nishino has demanded a more resolute performance from Thailand in their crunch match against Vietnam in Hanoi on Tuesday.
Thailand suffered their first Asian Qualifiers defeat to Southeast Asian rivals Malaysia on Thursday, making the Vietnam tie even more important.
They are currently second in Group G, three points behind high-flying Vietnam who lead on 10 points following their victory over the United Arab Emirates on Matchday Five in the race to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Bishkek: Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu had few complaints after his side continued their perfect run in their Asian Qualifiers campaign with a 2-0 win over Kyrgyz Republic at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Thursday.
Facing the second-highest seed in the group against the backdrop of a chilly Bishkek evening, goals from Takumi Minamino and Genki Haraguchi either side of half-time helped the Samurai Blue seal what was ultimately a convincing win; their fourth in succession without conceding a goal in the Asian Qualifiers.
Speaking after the game, Moriyasu said he had been impressed by his side’s ability to achieve the result which took them a step closer to the next round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying campaign.
Search on for Lippi's successor as China PR head coach
Kuala Lumpur: The Chinese Football Association (CFA) will begin the search for a new head coach after accepting the resignation of Marcello Lippi following his side’s 2-1 loss against Syria in the Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
Lippi announced his intention to stand down from the role during the post-match press conference after Zhang Linpeng’s 76th minute own goal handed Syria a fourth win in a row to leave China PR’s hopes of advancing to the next round in jeopardy.
Kuala Lumpur: Brendan Gan of Malaysia was delighted his sacrifice to leave his newborn son for national duties paid off handsomely when he helped his side defeat Thailand in the Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
The 31-year-old midfielder sparked a brilliant comeback for Malaysia, who trailed to Chanathip Songkrasin’s early strike, before Gan scored one and assisted the winning goal for Mohamadou Sumareh in the second half.