Beirut: Head coach Jamal Taha has a double mission in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 – to take Lebanon into the third round as well as ingest young players into the squad.
“Our mission is not easy at all but our target is to revitalise the national team.
“The basic idea is to change the structure of the team and reduce the average age and make it 24 years old in order to build a special team for the future,” said Taha.
Qatar to gear up for World Cup with 2021 pan-Arab tournament
Doha: Preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be supported by a pan-Arab invitational tournament to be held in late 2021.
The competition – which will feature 22 men’s national teams from Asia and Africa – will serve as the main test event for the global Finals, as revealed by FIFA following Thursday’s meeting of the FIFA Council.
The pan-Arab event will foreshadow the Qatar 2022 extravaganza in several ways, with teams to perform in World Cup stadiums, utilise World Cup training facilities, and play the tournament final on December 18, exactly one year before the 2022 decider.
Dhaka: Not many Bangladeshis would quit a safe, public-sector job with perks and a pension to become a full-time football coach but Mirona, Bangladesh's first female coach at club level, has done just that.
And the 27-year-old, who comes from a humble background, has no regrets.
"I have always dreamt of being coach of a top team and one day even the national side," said Mirona, who stands barely 1.5 metres tall.
Kuala Lumpur: There's nothing quite like seeing a sweetly struck volley fly into the back of the net, and this week the-AFC.com shines the '5 of the Best' spotlight on these aesthetically pleasing goals.
Vote for your best Asian team at the FIFA World Cup: Midfielders
Kuala Lumpur: As the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who you, the fans, regard as the finest Asian players to have starred at the FIFA World Cup by compiling an all-time Best XI, we turn our attention to the midfield positions.