AFC President praises Japan for extending U-16 Women’s record
Kuala Lumpur: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated Japan for capturing a record fourth AFC U-16 Women’s Championship crown after they narrowly defeated DPR Korea 2-1 in Saturday’s final at the Chonburi Stadium in Thailand.
The two finalists will also complete Asia’s line-up alongside host India at the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which will take place from November 2 to 21 next year.
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Shaikh Salman said: “On behalf of the AFC and the Asian football family, I congratulate Japan on winning the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship title. Capturing the championship for a record fourth time is nothing short of extraordinary and everyone, from the coaches, players and officials, deserve our highest praise.
“Our congratulations also go to the DPR Korea Football Association and Japan Football Association, who can take great pride in building sustainable and consistent pathways of excellence for their future stars to shine.
“Asian teams have won the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup title on four occasions in the last six editions and I have no doubts that DPR Korea and Japan will do Asia proud and produce another world-class performance.”
World champions in 2008 and 2016, DPR Korea will be looking to extend their record in India while Japan, with one FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup title in 2014, will be aiming to equal the tally of their regional rivals.
The AFC President also praised the Football Association of Thailand and the Local Organising Committee for their organisational capabilities and continued commitment in staging some of the Continent’s most prestigious tournaments.
“The AFC’s commitment to stage the best platforms for our teams and players is stronger than ever and I would like to thank the FA Thailand, the LOC and all the volunteers for delivering another memorable tournament.
“FA Thailand’s continued capability, as host Member Association, has been truly commendable not just in this but many other events and I am confident that we will witness greater success in the AFC competitions in the coming months.”
The AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 is the next Continental showpiece scheduled to take place in Thailand next month from October 27 to November 9, before the AFC U23 Championship is staged in the Southeast Asian nation for the first time from January 8 to 26, 2020.
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