Seoul: Head coach Paulo Bento has named a strong squad for Korea Republic's next round of Asian Qualifiers' ties, with youngsters Lee Jae-ik and Lee Kang-in also handed a call-up.
Son Heung-min leads the Korea squad, who will play Sri Lanka and DPR Korea in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers but Jae-ik's inclusion is based on his performance in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019.
Korea Republic emerged runners-up after a phenomenal performance and Bento has obviously marked Jae-ik, who plays for Qatar's Al Rayyan, as a future national team stalwart.
"I felt that this was the right time for him to join the senior team and show us what he has. We have a lot of depth in his position (at centre-back). He'll not be guaranteed playing time, but we'll see how competitive he can be against national team veterans," said Bento.
Dhaka: Bangladesh warmed up for the next round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 with a 4-1 win over Bhutan in the first of two international friendlies at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.
A first half brace from Abahani Limited Dhaka stiker Nabib Newaj Jibon gave Bangladesh a two-goal cushion before goals from Biplo Ahmed and substitute Rabiul Hasan in the second half put the game beyond Bhutan's reach.
Malaysia’s Tan turns to Aidil Zafuan for experience
Head coach Tan Cheng Hoe has turned to Aidil Zafuan Abd Radzak to strengthen the Malaysian defence as they prepare to face Vietnam in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on October 10.
Malaysia conceded four goals in their first two matches - a 3-2 victory over Indonesia while Ali Mabkhout’s double saw the Southeast Asians edged 2-1 by the United Arab Emirates in their second match.
Abramov back at the helm after Uzbekistan part ways with Cuper
Tashkent: Former boss Vadim Abramov will return as Uzbekistan national team head coach after the Uzbekistan Football Association parted ways with Hector Cuper on Monday.
Abramov returns to the head coaching role he previously held from 2010 to 2012, with his first assignment to come in next month’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers fixtures.
As well as holding head coaching positions at several of the country’s top clubs, most recently FC Bunyodkor, Abramov guided Uzbekistan to the AFC Asian Cup semi-finals in 2011, their best ever finish at the tournament.
FIFA World Ranking: DPR Korea, Yemen, Singapore and Nepal move up
Kuala Lumpur: DPR Korea, Yemen, Singapore and Nepal - thanks to good results in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 - are the biggest movers in the latest FIFA World Ranking.
DPR Korea, who defeated Lebanon and Sri Lanka in the Asian Qualifiers, jumped five places to 113th in the world in the FIFA Ranking released on Thursday..
Yemen (137th), Singapore (157th) and Nepal (161st) also improved their respective rankings by five spots.
Bahrain (105), Tajikistan (115) and Mongolia (183) each moved up four spots.