Our U-23 team begins its Asian Cup campaign against Iran and Cordova, stressing the difficulty of the confrontations and the convergence of levels - Qatar Football Association

Tashkent – AFC | Our national under-23 team will start the competition in the AFC Asian Cup, when it meets Iran today, Wednesday, at Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent, as part of the inaugural first round of Group A competitions in the 2022 AFC U-23 Cup in Uzbekistan.

In the second match in the same group on Wednesday, host Uzbekistan will meet with Turkmenistan at Pakhtakor Stadium. The second round of group competitions will be held on Saturday, where Qatar will meet with Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan with Iran. The first two teams from each group qualify for the quarter-finals, which will be held Its matches are on June 11 and 12.


Our U-23 team had the last two friendly experiences against its Jordanian counterpart, with a draw and a heartbreak, before leaving for Pakistan after it recently concluded the external preparation camp that was held in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, before entering the U-23 Asian Cup finals.

Al Annabi Olympic, as part of its preparatory program, had participated in the Dubai Friendly Championship that was held recently in the UAE, with the participation of many strong teams.

He played several friendly matches during which he gained new experiences. He also played several friendlies in the last period, before the start of his career with the important continental benefit, in which our team seeks to honor Qatari football.

Chilean coach Nicholas Cordova spoke at the press conference, pointing to the closeness of the level between the teams participating in the tournament. The competition will be strong.”

He added, “We have a good generation in this tournament, and I must point out that our team participating in this tournament is younger than the age of the rest of the teams, and I expect that many players from this team will be able to reach the first national team.”

He revealed: “We have seen a number of matches of the teams playing in our group, and even matches for other teams in the tournament, and I think that the level is similar between the participating teams, and therefore the competition between them will be exciting. Our goal in this tournament is to work on preparing the team in the best possible way in order to He is ready to compete, and after that we want to go as far in the tournament.”

He continued, “We treated the friendly matches as an opportunity to develop the team and help us identify our strengths and weaknesses, and I think that through these matches we have become more ready to compete in the tournament.”

In turn, our goalkeeper, Salah Zakaria, said: “We have finished our preparations for the tournament through the external preparation camp and friendly matches, and we are ready to compete with all strength and our ambition to reach the farthest point possible.”

He added, “The beginnings are always difficult, and we worked on the strengths and weaknesses of the Iranian team, and we hope to use them in the field in the best way during the match.”

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