Shaikh Salman lauds impact of new development programmes in meeting with FAM
Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa met with the Football Association of Maldives (FAM) President Bassam Adeel Jaleel in the Malaysian capital on Saturday to discuss ways to further strengthen the development of the game in Maldives.
Shaikh Salman praised President Jaleel, who has been leading the FAM since 2016, for spearheading an era of notable stability and progress in the South Asian nation.
There has also been regional success for Maldives with the national team clinching the SAFF Championship in 2018 and club side Maziya Sports & Recreation also proving to be a commendable outfit in the South zone of the AFC Cup™.
Qualifiers - Group D: Myanmar 1-4 India; Saudi Arabia 2-1 Kuwait
Al Khobar: India and Saudi Arabia maintained their perfect records in the AFC U17 Asian Cup™ 2023 Qualifiers after defeating Myanmar 4-1 and Kuwait 2-1 respectively in Group D at the Prince Saud Bin Jalawi Stadium on Friday.
The two will meet on Sunday to decide the group winners.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong downed Myanmar 2-0 on Wednesday in a closed door international friendly to win their first game on home soil in almost three years, with two goals in a minute in the first half earning Jorn Andersen’s AFC Asian Cup 2023™-bound side victory at Mongkok Stadium.
Hong Kong had not played at home since a 2-0 victory over Cambodia in the opening round of Asia’s preliminaries for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 in November 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but made light work of their visitors.
Qualifiers - Group A: China PR sizzle; Uzbekistan continue to impress
Al Khobar: China PR moved top of Group A of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Qualifiers with a 5-0 win over Maldives on Wednesday.
Uzbekistan, playing in the Qualifiers for exposure ahead of hosting the Finals, defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 to show they will be a force to be reckoned with when the continent's best lock horns in March.