Kuala Lumpur: With the prospect of appearing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games foremost in their minds, 12 teams will fight to stay in the qualification race in this week's Second Round of the AFC Women's Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers.
With Uzbekistan, Myanmar and Qatar playing host, the Tokyo 2020 dream will become a step closer to reality for the three group winners, who will join Asia's women's football heavyweights in the last eight, as the Continent's national teams fight for two places in the Games, alongside hosts Japan.
Jordan confirm squad for next step on the road to Tokyo
Amman: Jordan have revealed their playing list for Round 2 of the AFC 2020 Women's Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers, with a 20-strong squad to make the trip to Uzbekistan this weekend.
Now under the tutelage of Algerian head coach Azzedine Chih, Jordan will face Vietnam, Hong Kong and hosts Uzbekistan in Group B from April 3 to 9, with the group winners to progress to the penultimate third round.
Talismanic captain Stephanie Al Naber (pictured below) headlines the Jordanian travelling party, and she will be joined by younger sister Natasha, who scored twice in the side's recent 3-0 win over Turkmenistan.
With experienced striker Maysa Jbarah playing club football for French outfit Grenoble 38, much of the attacking burden will fall on the shoulders of 23-year-old forward Raya Hina, who top scored with five goals as Jordan retained the WAFF Women's Championship title in January.
Kuala Lumpur: Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Jordan and Islamic Republic of Iran were the first teams to confirm their spots in Round 2 of the 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers after claiming the top two spots in their respective groups on Sunday.
The four group winners and runners-up, along with two best third-placed teams, will progress to the second round of the Qualifiers, where they will meet Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Chinese Taipei, Philippines shine, winning starts for IR Iran, Myanmar & Jordan
Kuala Lumpur: Chinese Taipei and Philippines registered their second successive wins in their 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers Round 1 campaign while Islamic Republic of Iran and Myanmar opened with wins as India and Nepal played to a draw on Thursday.
Four group winners and runners-up, along with the two best third-placed teams will join Uzbekistan and Vietnam in the second round of the Qualifiers.
Flying start for Chinese Taipei, Mongolia, Singapore draw
Hisor: Chinese Taipei defeated Tajikistan 9-0 while Singapore came back from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Mongolia in Group A of the 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers on Tuesday.
TAJIKISTAN 0-9 CHINESE TAIPEI
Chinese Taipei burst into life after a slow start to their opening game at the Hisor Central Stadium with Michelle Pao scoring in the 41st and 44th minutes to give them the lead going into the break.
Spurred by the goals, Chinese Taipei came out after the breather with more purpose with Yu Hsi-Chin hitting a five minute hat-trick with her efforts in the 51st, 55th and 56th minutes.