Azkals draw Korea, China, Kyrgyz Republic in 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Azkals draw Korea, China, Kyrgyz Republic in 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Kerry Wise
May 6, 2018

Members of the Thai national team pose for a group photo during the King's Cup.

India goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu believes that the National team has received a favourable draw for the 2019 UAE AFC Asian Cup, in comparison to the 2011 edition.

The tournament will take place from Jan 5-Feb 1.

The top two from each group and four third placed teams will advance to the Round of 16.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar were drawn in the same group for the 2019 Asian Cup, increasing the ongoing political edginess to a tournament eight months away.

The finals will kick off on January 5 with the final to be played in Abu Dhabi on February 1.

Thailand coach Milovan Rajevac said he was happy with the outcome of the draw.

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"The players are very professional and we're going to think only about the football", he said. However, we have to study the opponents very carefully. We've played two of those opponents recently.

Chhetri says Team India is confident of positive performances in the continental tournament. "I want to say all the best to all the kids and make you take this opportunity and whoever ends up going to Russian Federation, you won't be representing any state or place or your parents but the whole country so make sure you're good and have a great time", Chhetri advised.

Chhetri, on Sunday, said that India have to first improve within the continent and only then they can start looking at the whole wide world.

Gurugram, May 6 Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri today said that the country should play more global matches away from home and against much stronger opponents in the next six months if it is to do well in the AFC Asian Cup tournament. I think they beat Australia at home if I am not wrong. We're playing against the hosts in the opening game in front of 50,000 to 60,000 spectators which should be a great game for our team.

"All these teams will give us different kinds of problems and we have to be prepared before facing them in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019", he added.

After being grouped once again with their 2016 foes in this year's AFF Suzuki Cup, the Azkals are hoping for a reversal of fortunes in Dubai that was made Friday evening (early Saturday morning Manila time) as they were seeded 20th overall and in pot 4.

Meanwhile defending champions Australia have drawn in Group B with 2004 and 2011 quarter-finalists Jordan, Palestine, and Syria, who return to the competition following their absence in Australia 2015.