AFC President congratulates IR Iran for winning AFC Women’s Futsal Championship Thailand 2018
Bangkok: IR Iran were crowned Asia’s champions on Saturday, retaining the title, as the final of the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship Thailand 2018 finished IR Iran 5 – 2 Japan.
The Huamark Indoor Stadium hosted a dazzling final, showcasing the best of the Continent’s women’s futsal.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to IR Iran on their impressive victory tonight. My appreciation goes also to the team behind the team and Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran for their commitment and hard work.
“Runners-up Japan presented a tough opposition, ensuring an entertaining match.”
Offering his appreciation to the host, Football Association of Thailand, and the Local Organising Committee, Shaikh Salman said: “I would like to thank our colleagues at FA Thailand and the Local Organising Committee for their dedication and hard work to organise this very successful second edition of the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship. I am sure the legacy of the tournament will be seen in growing numbers of girls and women taking up futsal in Thailand and beyond.”
IR Iran confirmed their status as the queens of Asian futsal, producing a dazzling five-goal second half to retain the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship.
A hat-trick to Sara Shirbeigi and further goals from veteran Fahimeh Zarei and an own goal by Misato Komura sealed a outstanding victory for Sharhzad Mozafar’s side, who also won the inaugural title in Malaysia three years ago.
Japan had the better of goalless first half but failed to capitalise, before Iran produced a blistering scoring burst, that included three goals in two second-half minutes, to take the game away from Kenichiro Kogure’s side.
The AFC Women’s Futsal Championship Thailand 2018 was the second time the competition was organised, with the inaugural edition having taken place in September 2015 in Malaysia. The second edition saw IR Iran and Japan facing each other again, in a repeat of the 2015 final. The 2015 final finished 1-0 in IR Iran’s favour.