Qualifiers - Group A Preview: Vietnam taking nothing for granted against Myanmar
Jeju: Head coach Mai Duc Chung is not afraid to admit that Myanmar can pose a threat to Vietnam’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification bid when the sides meet in their Group A tie at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Thursday.
Vietnam will open their campaign against a Myanmar side who are aiming to bounce back from their 7-0 defeat to Korea Republic on Monday.
The top two teams from Group A will advance to the Play-offs with the Group B sides, with the winners to join hosts Japan in the Olympics.
Revitalised Gorry chases second bite at Olympic ambition
Sydney: One of the pivotal figures in Australia’s 2016 Olympic campaign, Katrina Gorry has experienced a full career worth of ups and downs in the four years since.
Voted AFC Women’s Player of the Year just over a year earlier, the player affectionately known as ‘Mini’ was at the peak of her powers on the road to Rio 2016, scoring crucial goals against Japan and DPR Korea as the Matildas went unbeaten through qualifying to end a 12-year participation drought.
Thailand’s Taneekarn prepared for familiar foes China PR
Sydney: Thailand believe they have the ability to revive their AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers with a win against China PR, a side known well by forward Taneekarn Dangda.
The 27-year-old is well acquainted with the Steel Roses, having not only played against them on several occasions at international level, but also having played club football for Chinese second-tier outfit Yunnan Jiashijing during the 2019 season.
While brother Teerasil is an established J1 League star in the men’s game, Taneekarn’s only previous overseas experience came in a 2014 stint with Swedish club Ostersunds, but goals against the likes of Mexico and Italy in the 2019 Cyprus Cup, and solid showings at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France opened the door to a move north.
Sydney: Australia captain Sam Kerr remains hopeful of leaving her mark on this week’s AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Sydney, despite a nagging quadriceps injury which has put her participation in doubt.
The prolific striker, who recently completed a high-profile move to FA Women’s Super League powerhouse Chelsea, is far from a certain starter when the Matildas begin their campaign against group leaders Chinese Taipei on Friday, saying the team would take no unnecessary gambles to get her into Ante Milicic’s starting line-up.
Bell applauds players as Korea Republic make super start to Qualifiers
Jeju: Colin Bell has praised his Korea Republic players for their empathic 7-0 victory over Myanmar in the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament Group A opener at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Monday.
Ji So-yun, Park Yee-Un and Yeo Min-ji all scored braces while Lee So-dam also found the back of the net as the Taeguk Ladies began their Olympic qualifying campaign on a positive note.
Myanmar, on the other, will be hoping for an improved performance when they face Vietnam on Thursday.