AFC U23 Championship Qatar 2016 draw concluded in Doha

Doha: Defending Asian Football Confederation Under-22 champions Iraq found themselves alongside regional challengers Yemen, London Olympics bronze medalists Korea Republic and a highly rated Uzbekistan side in a tough looking Group C when the draw for the 16-team AFC U23 Championship was made at a grand ceremony in Doha.

AFC U23 Championship Qatar 2016

Group A: Qatar, Syria, IR Iran, China PR

Group B: Saudi Arabia, Japan, DPR Korea, Thailand

Group C: Iraq, Korea Republic, Uzbekistan, Yemen

Group D: Jordan, Australia, UAE, Vietnam

Hosts Qatar, who have called up a raft of players who won the AFC Asian U-19 Championship in Myanmar last year and elevated Spaniard Felix Sanchez to the role of U23 coach, are in Group A where they are joined by East Asian powerhouse China, Iran and Syria.

Nine-time Olympic qualifiers and fourth-place finishers at the London Games Japan are pooled along with Saudi Arabia, DPR Korea and Thailand in Group B, while 1988 quarter-finalists Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Vietnam make up Group D.

AFC Acting General Secretary Windsor John conducted the draw, assisted by former Qatar internationals Khaled Salman and Badr Bilal, and attended by a host of dignitaries from the Asian football family.

The U23 Championship, to be played from January 12 to 30, has added relevance as it will double as qualification for the Rio Olympics, to be held later next year. The tournament will be played at the Al Sadd, Al Arabi, Qatar Sports Club and Lekhwiya Stadiums, all of which are situated in and around Qatar’s capital city of Doha.

Prior to the draw, AFC Vice President Saoud A. Aziz M A Al Mohannadi and Dato’ Windsor jointly unveiled the new trophy of the tournament while the AFC U23 Championship’s new logo was also revealed.

The logo’s fantastic design represents the AFC’s five regions, with a star in the middle symbolising the promising talent that will be on display at the tournament.

A short video depicting the host nation’s history and diversity was also shown at the event.


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AFC U23 Championship Draw – What They Said: Groups C & D

Doha: A look at the key quotes to emerge from Groups C and D following Saturday’s draw for the AFC U23 Championship Qatar 2016.

Group C: Iraq, Korea Republic, Uzbekistan, Yemen

Group D: Jordan, Australia, UAE, Vietnam


Shin Tae-yong, Head Coach Korea Republic 

“I’m satisfied with the draw. It’s a tough one, but we are confident of doing well. Except for maybe Yemen, all three teams in our group – Iraq, Uzbekistan and ourselves are capable of doing well in the competition. We’re confident of winning the tournament. The most important thing is to play confidently and to have the belief that we can win the tournament. I think seven or eight teams – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Iran, Iraq, the UAE, and Australia are also capable of winning the tournament.”

Dr Hamid Al Shaibani, General Secretary Yemen Football Association

“None of the 16 teams can be taken lightly as each one of them is capable of creating big upsets. Despite having Korea Republic and Iraq in Group C, I’m confident we can make it to the quarter-finals. We started our preparations in May and we will play a friendly against Japan in November. Watch out for us. We can spring a few surprises.”

Ramil Ilyasov, Team Manager Uzbekistan

“Group C is strong as we also have Iraq, Korea Republic and Yemen in it. It’s important for us to treat every match as a final. We want to end up among the top three teams. I’m hopeful our boys will put up a fine show at the event. I wish all the teams the very best.”

Abdulkareem Farhan Khalaf, Team Manager Iraq

“We respect all teams. You all know the current situation in Iraq, which makes it difficult for us to prepare. But we stay optimistic. We’ll announce the team next month, which means the boys will have three months to prepare. We’ll then work hard and try to do our best.”


Toshiya Miura, Head Coach Vietnam.

“Things will be a bit tough for us, but the experience will certainly help our players. We’ll start full-fledged preparations in early December. We’ll draw up a list of friendly matches soon. Frankly, not many people expect us to reach the knockout stage. But we’ll give it our best. Miracles can happen on a football field.”

Abdulla Ahmed Al Ali, Coach UAE

“Australia are easily the strongest team in our group. Most of their players are Europe-based. Physically, they’ll be tough to match. While the Jordanians are strong, Vietnam, an ASEAN side, can’t be underestimated. We’ll reach Doha three days prior to the start of the event. But unfortunately, we won’t have enough time for friendly games. We’ll give chances to our new players.”

Maher AM Tumeh, Team Manager Jordan

“There are no easy groups in tournaments like this. These are the top 16 teams in Asia. Obviously, Australia are the toughest opponents in our group. The UAE are also very strong. We’ll prepare well for the tournament and we’ve the belief that we can do well. We’ve three more months to prepare ourselves. We’ll try to play some friendly matches as well and get ready for the tournament.”

Matthew Sheppard, Team Manager Australia.

“There are no easy games at this level and we’re lucky to avoid some of the top teams. Vietnam are playing in our region and they’re a tricky opponent. Jordan and UAE are West Asian teams, so they know the conditions in Qatar better than us. Our target is to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games and we want to work hard to achieve it.”


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AFC U23 Championship Draw – What They Said: Groups A & B

Doha: A look at the key quotes to emerge from Groups A and B following Saturday’s draw for the AFC U23 Championship Qatar 2016.

Group A: Qatar, Syria, Iran, China

Group B: Saudi Arabia, Japan, DPR Korea, Thailand


Felix Sanchez, Head Coach Qatar 

“As expected we ended up in a tough group. We just want to prepare as good as possible and enter the tournament in very good condition. All 16 teams are equally strong. Obviously playing at home will be extra motivation for us. We’ll try to combine our players who are busy with the club activities and prepare well in advance. As I said, we want to be at the peak of our fitness by the time the tournament starts.”

Fu Bo, Head Coach China

“We’re in a tough Group A, which has hosts Qatar and also Iran, who’ve been a strong team in Asia for many years. Syria are also a tricky side. I rate Qatar as the group favourites not just because they’re the hosts, but because they are well prepared. We’ll give it our best shot and try to impress in the competition.”

Mohammad Khakpour, Head Coach Iran

“I believe ours is a tough Group A, but it doesn’t matter much. If you want to win the tournament, you need to be strong, whoever your opponents are. We’ve already started our preparations. We held camps abroad in Turkey and Holland and played a few friendly games. We’re going to be strong in time for the tournament.”

Muhannad Al Fakeer, Head Coach Syria

“We’ve a great team in place and a majority of our players feature regularly in first division clubs. We’ve a genuine chance to make it to the final in Doha. We desperately want to play at the Rio Olympic Games. Having said that, there are no easy teams at the AFC U23 Championship. We’ve still two months to prepare and we’ll use the time wisely. We’ll play a few friendly matches and do our best to turn our dream into reality.”


Tetsu Hirai, General Manager Japan

“I spoke with our coach Makato Teguramori and he says it’s a tough group. But he thinks it’s good in a way because it’ll help us prepare well for the later stages of the tournament. Saudi Arabia and DPR Korea are very strong (in our Group B). We play against DPR Korea a lot and we lost to them at the AFC Under-19 Championship. So it’s a chance to get even. We’re confident of doing well and we’re preparing well for it.”

Teerapong Wattanawongpinyo, Assistant Team Manager, Thailand

“I’m very happy with our group. It isn’t too strong or weak. In fact, I feel there’s very little difference between the teams at this level. We’ve a strong league in Thailand and a majority of our players are members of top club sides. The Thai League will help us get ready for the U-23 tournament. We’ve a realistic chance of reaching at least the last-eight stage.

Mohammed Al Jarallah, Administrative Co-ordinator, Saudi Arabia

“Group B is strong, but you can’t expect easy games in a tournament like this. Saudi Arabia have been good at various age-group levels and we believe with the right kind of preparation, we can make a big impact. We’re going to do that.”


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