Uzbekistan Football Federation President Mirabror Usmanov yesterday assured an AFC delegation led by Junji Ogura, Chairman of the Organising Committee for AFC Youth Competitions, of his country’s readiness to host the AFC U-16 Championship 2008.
The AFC U-14 Festival of Football ended in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, with the successful participation of teams from the Central Asian countries of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and hosts Uzbekistan.
The FIFA World Cup™ qualifying competition in Asia seems to be getting more and more difficult as the continent’s top teams stumbled on Wednesday’s second matchday in the run-up to South Africa 2010.
The AFC Professional League’s Ad-Hoc Committee will have one final meeting with each of the 15 proposed participating member associations, beginning their whistle-stop tour in Thailand on Sunday.
Wednesday was some day. When was the last time that the traditional big four of South Korea, Japan, Iran and Saudi Arabia all failed to win during Asian qualification? When you add Australia and Asian champions Iraq to that list, it shows that away games in Asia can never be taken for granted.
Two World Cup Asian qualifiers in China ended up in goalless draws, while Saudi Arabia were shocked with a 3-0 loss at Uzbekistan on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia coach Helio Dos Anjos insisted that his side’s 3-0 loss to Uzbekistan on Wednesday was not a shameful result and that he would not be stepping down from his position after their heavy defeat in central Asia.
The Central Asians gained revenge for their 2007 Asian Cup quarter-final defeat and moved three points clear at the top.