Unlikely cult figure Grant eyes FIFA World Cup after near-tragedy
Kuwait City: “Everything went peaceful and quiet under the water. I got ready to just let it happen. I thought, ‘This is it’.” That was how Australia and Sydney FC full-back Rhyan Grant described his near-death experience in 2018 to PlayersVoice.
Wild surf and a freak leg-rope tangle on a protruding pipe saw Grant trapped underwater with no escape seemingly possible, only for the rope to unexpectedly free itself.
China PR's Li Tie applauds Wu Lei's performance in Asian Qualifiers win against Guam
Suzhou: Head coach Li Tie praised two-goal striker Wu Lei after the Espanyol striker led China PR to a comfortable 7-0 win over Guam as the two teams resumed their Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 campaigns on Sunday.
Wu Lei scored his side’s opener from the penalty spot before adding his team’s third while Wu Xi, Ai Kesen and Jin Jingdao were also on the scoresheet before A Lan added a late brace to move the Chinese into sole possession of second place in Group A.
Kuala Lumpur: More than 18 months since the majority of countries last took part in competitive action, the Asian Qualifiers are set to return on May 28 at eight centralised venues across the continent.
With the action coming thick and fast over a two-week period during which teams will look to secure a place in the next round of qualifying, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on some of the form players who will be representing their nations.
Tajikistan’s Alisher Dzhalilov ruled out of Asian Qualifiers
Dushanbe: Tajikistan’s bid for a place in the Third Round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023has been dealt a blow with playmaker Alisher Dzhalilov ruled out of their final two Group F matches.
The FC Istiklol star – who has played every minute of Tajikistan’s campaign thus far – will miss crucial games against Japan on June 7 and Myanmar on June 15.
While top spot in the group has already been secured by Japan, Tajikistan are fighting with Kyrgyz Republic for the chance to advance as one of the top four second-placed teams, a result which would also secure qualification for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
FIFA announces new CEO of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™
Zurich: FIFA has today announced the appointment of the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ in Australia and New Zealand.
With just over two years to go until the tournament kicks off, Dave Beeche has been appointed as the new CEO of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand from 14 June this year and will lead the overall delivery of the tournament, together with the Chief Operating Officers, Jane Fernandez and Jane Patterson.
Speaking on his appointment, Beeche said: “I am honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to lead the delivery of such a significant tournament, especially at a time when there is so much focus globally on the development of women’s sport and, more broadly, the empowerment of women. I look forward to working with both member associations and the Host Cities to not only deliver an outstanding tournament that showcases the world-class talent in women’s football, but leave a lasting positive legacy for women’s sport.”