UAE’s Mabkhout, Lima, Matar to miss ties against Syria and IR Iran
Dubai: United Arab Emirates’ all-time top scorer Ali Mabkhout, Fabio Lima and Ismail Matar were all left out from the United Arab Emirates squad for their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar matches against Syria and Islamic Republic of Iran.
The 31-year-old Mabkhout, who is the leading scorer in the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar, has missed the last seven matches for UAE Pro League side Al Jazira after suffering a muscle injury in the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup.
India’s football stalwarts lend support to AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ contenders
Indian men’s national team captain Sunil Chhetri and other notable footballers in the country have joined forces to welcome the stars of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™, which will be held from January 20 to February 6.
The 37-year-old Chhetri, India’s leading all-time goal scorer, is confident India will be gracious AFC Women’s Asian Cup™ hosts that will be played under the slogan of ‘Our Goal for All’.
Kuala Lumpur: Defending champions Al Hilal SFC will face Tajikistan’s Istiklol in the Group Stage of the 2022 AFC Champions League, marking the second time in successive seasons the pair have faced off in the continental club championship.
Qatar’s Al Rayyan and the winners of the playoff between Sharjah from the United Arab Emirates and Iraqi side Al Zawraa round out Group A after the draw was completed in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, but many eyes will be on the clash between the four-time champions and the club from Dushanbe.
2022 AFC Cup Group Stage Draw serves up mouthwatering ties
Kuala Lumpur: Three-time winners Kuwait SC will take on Lebanon’s Al Ansar as well as Al Seeb Club from Oman and Jableh of Syria in Group A after the draw for the 2022 AFC Cup was conducted in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
Kuwait SC, who share the record for the most wins in the competition with Iraq’s Air Force Club, will look to add to the trophies claimed in 2009, 2012 and 2013 when they kick off their latest title challenge in May.