2020 AFC U19 Qualifiers ASEAN Roundup: Indonesia, Vietnam with second wins; Laos put pressure on Australia


Indonesia and Vietnam have recorded their second wins in the 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers to give themselves a good chance of qualification to the tournament proper heading into the final matchday.

Indonesia, who had defeated Timor-Leste 3-1 in their opener on November 6, recorded their second straight win by thrashing Hong Kong 4-0 at the Gelora Bung Karno Madya Stadium in Jakarta on Friday.

Bagas Kaffa opened the scoring for Fakhri Hussaini’s side in the 24th minute before Muhammad Fajar Fathur Rachman made it 2-0 five minutes later. David Maulana scored home side’s third at the hour-mark before Amiruddin Bagus Kahfi completed the rout in the second-half injury time.

Garuda Muda now top Group K with six points from two matches while DPR Korea, who defeated Timor-Leste 4-0 after being held to a 1-1 draw by Hong Kong in their opener, are second with four points. Hong Kong are third with one point while the Timorese have crashed out after back-to-back losses.

Vietnam also recorded their second win of the qualification campaign by overcoming Guam 4-1 in Group J at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City. However, it is Japan who top the group after a 9-0 win over Mongolia.

Though both Japan and Vietnam have six points each, it is the former who are topping the group on better goal difference. The two sides will face each other in a crucial match on the final matchday with the Golden Dragons needing a win to progress as group winners.

Meanwhile, Laos continued to impress in Group H as they defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1 in their second outing. The Laotians had held favourites Australia to a 2-2 draw in their opening match.

Australia, who thrashed Macau 6-0 in their second match, are top of the group with four points while Laos are second on goal difference. Australia face hosts Chinese Taipei in their final match while Laos face Macau at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung.

In Group I, ASEAN duo Myanmar and Singapore both crashed out after their second defeats. Hosts Myanmar were beaten 3-0 by Korea Republic at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon while China PR defeated Singapore 2-0 earlier in the day.

Group G saw Malaysia take the pole position after Thailand suffered a 2-1 defeat to hosts Cambodia.

(Photo credit: The-AFC.com)

Myanmar defeat Nepal 3-0 in friendly as Antoine Hey marks return with win


Myanmar have defeated Nepal 3-0 in an international friendly match on Thursday in what was returning head coach Antoine Hey’s first game in charge. 

German tactician Hey was reappointed as Myanmar national team head coach after the sacking of Miodrag Radulovic following a disappointing start by the Asian Lions to their 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers campaign.

And Hey made a memorable return to management guiding his team to a 3-0 win at the Mandalarthiri Stadium in Mandalay. Suan La Mang, David Htan and Hlaing Bo Bo scored for the victors against Nepal, who are 167th in the FIFA World Rankings.

The Asian Lions will face Turkmenistan in another friendly match at Mandalay on November 10, four days before they face Tajikistan in the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round tie.

They will then play Mongolia, to whom they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to in their qualification opener in September, on November 19.

Myanmar are currently bottom of Group F after three matches and yet to collect a point. Japan are top of the group with nine points while Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan are second and third with six points each. Mongolia sit above Myanmar with three points.

49-year-old Hey was previously sacked by Myanmar Football Federation in December 2018 after a poor AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 campaign, but has returned less than 11 months after his departure.

(Photo credit: Myanmar FootballFederation)

2020 AFC U19 Qualifiers ASEAN Roundup: Vietnam, Indonesia open with wins; Laos hold Australia to 2-2 draw

AFC U19 Qualifiers Vietnam

Vietnam and Indonesia recorded wins in their opening matches of the 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers on Wednesday while Laos were held to a 2-2 draw after a second-half comeback from Australia. 

Indonesia, who are hosting Group K of the AFC U19 Qualifiers, went top of the group with a 3-1 win over ASEAN neighbours Timor-Leste at the Gelora Bung Karno Madya Stadium in Jakarta.

With DPR Korea and Hong Kong playing out a 1-1 draw in the other match in the pool, Garuda Muda went top with three points while North Korea and Hong Kong sit second and third.

Meanwhile, hosts Vietnam began their campaign in Group J with a 3-0 win over Mongolia at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City. However, it is Japan who top the group at the end of the opening day after a 10-0 win over Guam.

It wasn’t a good day for the two ASEAN sides in Group I of the 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers as both Myanmar and Singapore fell to opening defeats.

Goals from Liu Junxian and Tao Qianlong gave China PR a 2-0 win over Myanmar while Singapore suffered a 11-0 thrashing at the hands of Korea Republic.

Meanwhile, Laos managed to hold Australia to a 2-2 draw in the opening match of Group H.

Laos had launched into a 2-0 lead in the first half as Thanouthong Kietnalonglop and Anousone Xaypanya scored for the ASEAN side, but the Young Socceroos managed to rescue a point as Dylan Ruiz-Diaz and Jarrod Carluccio struck after the break.

Chinese Taipei recored a 8-0 win over Macau to go top of the group.

Group G saw Thailand and Malaysia record huge wins against Northern Mariana Islands and Brunei Darussalam respectively.

(Photo credit: Vietnam Football Federation)

AFF Awards 2019 set to honour best of talents in Southeast Asian football

AFF Awards 2019

The AFF Awards 2019, the biennial awards ceremony conducted by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) to honour footballing talent in Southeast Asia, will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam on Friday.

According to the AFF, the awards will “recognise and celebrate the achievements of the players and officials from the 12 Member Associations.”

This is the fourth edition of the awards ceremony which was first held in Malaysia in 2013 followed by events in Myanmar in 2015 and Indonesia in 2017. This year’s awards night is being hosted by the Vietnam Football Federation.

As many as 11 individual awards are on offer in the 2019 edition while four team awards will also be handed out.

The main prizes to be handed out will be the AFF Player of the Year awards for men and women, Coach of the Year awards for men and women, the AFF Youth Player of the Year award and Futsal Player of the Year award.

An AFF Best XI from the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018, selected by AFF’s Technical Study Group, will also be named in Hanoi on Friday. The Futsal Team of the Year, Member Association of the Year and National Team of the Year among men and women will also be revealed.

Thailand duo Chanatip Songkrasin and Kiatisak ‘Zico’ Senamuang had won the player and coach awards at the 2015 and 2017 editions of the AFF Awards, but Vietnam attacker Nguyen Quang Hai and head coach Park Hang-seo are frontrunners for this year’s honours.

AFF Awards 2019 – Categories

AFF Player of the Year 2018 (Men and Women)

Youth Player of the Year

Coach of the Year 2018 (Men and Women)

Futsal Player of the Year

Futsal Team of the Year 2018

National Team of the Year 2018 (Men and Women)

AFF Best XI in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018

Best Goal in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018

Member Association of the Year 2018

Referee of the Year (Men and Women)

Assistant Referee of the Year (Men and Women)

AFF to launch ASEAN Club Championship in 2020 featuring top clubs from Southeast Asia

ASEAN club championship

The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has announced that the inaugural ASEAN Club Championship, featuring the top clubs from Southeast Asia, will kick off next year.

The ASEAN Club championship (ACC) will feature 12 clubs from AFF Member Associations and will carry a lucrative purse of US$ 500,000 for the winners. “The ACC will be the next major competition in the region after the enormously successful AFF Suzuki Cup,” AFF announced.

AFF also announced that they have held meetings with FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who was recently in Thailand, to discuss the club competition and added that they have the full backing of FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

AFC Champions League 2019: Shandong Luneng 2-1 JDT (Safawi Rasid 59′)

The association added that the winners of the ASEAN championship could earn a place in the final rounds of the expanded 24-team FIFA Club World Cup — the 2021 version of which is to be held in China PR.

“The prospects of playing in the expanded FIFA Club World Cup is enticing and will translate to among other things greater investment by league and clubs in the region thus contributing to the further growth of the football ecosystem in Southeast Asia,” said AFF president Khiev Sameth in a press release.

Sameth said that the AFF met FIFA president Infantino twice to discuss the ASEAN Club Championship — once in Thailand last week and earlier in Vietnam last month.

“We took time to put this integrated and holistic plan together as there were numerous factors to consider, including ensuring no conflict in scheduling with the domestic leagues, FIFA and AFC fixtures including that of the expanded AFC Champions League,” the AFF president said.

AFC Champions League 2019: Buriram United 1-1 Urawa Reds (Pedro Junior 13′)

“We also had to look into other crucial matters like branding, prize money and format of competition. Then, there were the negotiations with the various commercial partners over the past months before securing the approval of the AFF Council,” Sameth added.

“The ACC plan was finally discussed again at the AFF Special Council Meeting which met in Ho Chi Minh last week, specifically to deliberate and approve the details of the ACC and the Master Rights Agreement. I am pleased to share that the ASEAN Club Championship was unanimously approved by all the Member Associations that were present at the AFF Special Council Meeting,” he added.

AFF said that further details of the tournament will be revealed on a future date.

AFF has previously conducted a biennial ASEAN Club Championship in 2003 and 2005 that featured the champion clubs from the AFF Member Associations. However, the competition was later discontinued.

Japan, Korea Republic through as semifinal ties in AFC U19 Women’s Championship 2019 decided

Japan AFC u19

Japan and Korea Republic have joined DPR Korea and Australia in the semifinals of the AFC U19 Women’s Championship 2019 being held in Thailand.

Japan defeated China PR 2-1 in their final group match at the Chonburi Stadium on Sunday to progress as Group B winners. The Young Nadeshiko had earlier recorded wins over Myanmar and South Korea and qualify for the knockout stages boasting a 100 per cent win record.

Meanwhile, Korea Republic made it to the last four as the runners-up from Group B after edging Myanmar 1-0 at the IPE Chonburi Campus Stadium.

The semifinal of the AFC U19 Women’s Championship will now witness an all-Korean clash as neighbours DPR Korea, winners of Group A, face Group B runners-up South Korea in the first semifinal on November 6.

The second semifinal of the continental championship will see Group B winners Japan taking on Group A runners-up Australia.

The two finalists and the team that wins the third-place play-off will represent Asia at the 2020 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup to be held next year.

Three ASEAN teams — Myanmar, Vietnam and hosts Thailand — were part of the tournament, but all three have crashed out in the group stages itself.

2019 AFC U19 Women’s Championship – Fixtures

November 6 – SF1 – DPR Korea vs Korea Republic – Chonburi Stadium, Thailand
November 6 – SF2 – Japan vs Australia – Chonburi Stadium, Thailand

November 9 – Third-place Play-off – Losers SF1 vs Losers SF2 – Chonburi Stadium, Thailand
Novmeber 9 – Final – Winners SF1 vs Winners SF2 – Chonburi Stadium, Thailand

(Photo credit: The-AFC.com)

Prodigy Luqman Hakim included in Malaysia preliminary squad for 2019 SEA Games

AFF U18 Championship 2019: Australia 0-3 Malaysia – HIGHLIGHTS

Luqman Hakim Shamsudin, the 17-year-old forward who has earned a contract with Belgian club KV Kortrijk, has been included in Malaysia’s preliminary squad for 2019 Southeast Asian Games. 

Luqman, who will sign a five-year contract with the Belgian top division club once he turns 18 in March 2020, is one of the 28 players who have been called up by Malaysia U-23 head coach Ong Kim Swee for their SEA Games campaign.

The men’s football competition in the SEA Games is expected to get underway in Manila on November 25 with Malaysia pooled with hosts Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor-Leste in Group A.

Luqman is one of the five U-18 players who have been included in the preliminary list along with Harith Haiqal Adam Afkar, Muhamad Umar Hakeem Suhar Rezwan, Muhamad Mukhairi Ajmal Mahadi and Muhammad Azam Azmi Murad.

The list will be reduced to 20 players before the team leaves for the SEA Games on November 23.

Malaysia’s 28-member preliminary squad for 2019 SEA Games

Muhamad Shahrul Nizam Ros Hasni, Muhammad Danial Haqim Draman, Nik Akif, Nik Azli Nik Alias (all from Kelantan FA), Ariff Ar-Rasyid Ariffin, A Shivan Pillay, Damien Lim Chien Kai, Muhammad Jafri Muhammad Firdaus Chew (PKNS FC), R Dinesh, Mohamad Faisal Abdul Halim, M Kogileswaran (Pahang FA), Luqman Hakim Shamsudin, Harith Haiqal Adam Afkar, Muhamad Umar Hakeem Suhar Rezwan (Mokhtar Dahari U17 Academy), Mohd Fadzrul Danel Mohd Nizam, Mohammad Fayadh Mohd Zulkifli Amin (Kedah FA), Muhammad Haziq Mohd Subri, Muhammad Khairul Amizan Suhaimi (Perak TBG), Muhammad Azri Ab Ghani (FELDA United), Muhammad Haziq Nadzli (Johor Darul Ta’zim), Mohamad Hariz Kamarudin (JDT II), K Thivandaran (PJ City FC), Muhammad Mukhairi Ajmal Mahadi (PKNP FC), Evan Wensley Wenceslaus (Sabah FA), Muhammad Amirul Ashraf Ariffin (Selangor FA), Muhammad Azam Azmi Murad (Terengganu FC), Quentin Cheng (B-21 Central Coast Mariners), Muhammad Hadi Fayyadh Abdul Razak (Fagiano Okayama)

AFC U19 Women’s Championship 2019: Myanmar eliminated after 5-1 loss to China; Japan book semifinal berth


Myanmar have been eliminated from the AFC U19 Women’s Championship 2019 after they were beaten 5-1 by China PR at the IPE Chonburi Campus Stadium in Thailand on Thursday.

The Junior Asian Lionesses had suffered a 5-0 loss to defending champions Japan in their first outing in Group B of the continental championship and a second defeat guaranteed a group stage exit for the ASEAN side.

Yao Mengjia opened the scoring for China as early as the fifth minute, but Myanmar managed to avoid further damages until the half-time break. Yang Qian then scored a quick-fire double in the 52nd and 63rd minutes to make it 3-0 to China.

Wang Linlin made it 4-0 from the penalty spot in the 70th minute before Myanmar pulled one back through San Thaw Thaw three minutes later. Han Xuan scored her second of the tournament in the second-half injury time to complete the 5-1 rout.

Meanwhile, Japan booked a place in the semifinal of the tournament after a 2-0 win over Korea Republic. Oto Kanno and Yuzuki Yamamoto scored the winning side.

While Japan top the group with six points, South Korea and China have three points apiece, but it is the former who are sitting in the second place on head-to-head record after their 2-1 win over China in the opener.

China, who face Japan on the final matchday, will want South Korea to drop points against Myanmar while also bettering the Koreans’ result in order to progress

(Photo credit: The-AFC.com)

Myanmar Football Federation, FA Malaysia honoured at AFC Dream Asia Awards 2019


Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) has been honoured at the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Dream Asia Awards 2019 for their efforts to empower communities.

The AFC Dream Asia Awards was instituted in 2018 “to recognise the commitment and expanding efforts of the AFC Member Associations who use football as a catalyst for social development.”

And Myanmar have been awarded the Developing Member Association honour this year ahead of Hong Kong Football Association and Bangladesh Football Federation who settled for silver and bronze respectively.

“From bringing hope to the underprivileged, to championing worthy causes such as healthy living, lifelong education and environment conservation, the MFF continues to empower communities across the Southeast Asian nation through football,” AFC wrote on its website.

“…The MFF has partnered with league clubs, sponsors and community groups to introduce a wide-range of meaningful outreach programmes, which include the MFF Charity Cup 2019, the MFF- MNL Awards Night and a tree planting for environmental conservation event in Yangon,” it said.

“Going beyond the comfort of its borders, the MFF was also instrumental in organising a donation drive to help the resettlement for flood and earthquake victims in Laos and Indonesia,” AFC added.

Japan Football Association won the Inspiring Member Association award for their efforts to empower and improve societies through various programmes including Football Exchange Project with ASEAN.

Chinese Football Association took the silver medal in the category while Football Association of Malaysia took the bronze medal.

Third third category — Aspiring Member Association — was won by Guam Football Association ahead of Palestine Football Association and Mongolian Football Federation.

(Photo credit: Myanmar Football Federation)

Antoine Hey names his first Myanmar squad since his return as head coach


German tactician Antoine Hey has named his first Myanmar national team squad since returning as their head coach for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Hey returned to coach the Asian Lions after Miodrag Radulovic was sacked by the Myanmar Football Federation following the national team’s poor showing in the opening stages of the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round.

Myanmar had suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to minnows Mongolia in their opening match of the qualification campaign in September before going down to Japan 2-0 at home and Kyrgyz Republic 7-0 in an away encounter this month.

They will face Tajikistan on November 14 and Mongolia on November 19 with both matches set to take place at the Mandalarthiri Stadium in Mandalay.

Hey has been handed a fillip with the return of attackers Kyaw Ko Ko and Maung Maung Lwin from injuries.

Myanmar’s 24-member squad for November’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 

GOALKEEPERS: Kyaw Zin Htet, Kyaw Zin Phyo, Pyae Lan Aung

DEFENDERS: Zaw Min Tun, Nyein Chan, Zaw Ye Tun, Pyae Phyo Zaw, David Htan, Kyaw Zin Lwin, Nanda Kyaw

MIDFIELDERS: Thein Than Win, Yan Naing Oo, Zin Min Tun, Hlaing Bo Bo, Nyein Chan Aung, Myo Ko Tun, Tin Win Aung

FORWARDS: Aung Thu, Suan Lam Mang, Maung Maung Lwin, Win Naing Soe, Kyaw Ko Ko, Than Paing, Than Htet Aung

(Photo credit: Myanmar Football Federation)

Defending champions Japan thrash Myanmar 5-0 in AFC U19 Women’s Championship 2019


Myanmar suffered a 5-0 defeat to defending champions Japan in their opening match of the AFC U19 Women’s Championship 2019 at the IPE Chonburi Campus Stadium, Thailand on Monday.

Yuzuki Yamamoto gave Japan a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute of the Group B opener in the AFC U19 Women’s Championship before Haruka Osawa doubled the advantage for the Young Nadeshiko against the Young Asian Lionesses three minutes later.

Yamamoto then added her second four minutes into the second half. Maho Hirosawa and Sara Ito scored a quick-fire double for five-time champions Japan in the 66th and 67th minutes to complete their 5-0 rout of Myanmar.

Myanmar had made it to the continental championship as runners-up in Group A of the qualification event finishing behind Australia and ahead of Uzbekistan and Nepal in the second round matches held in Mandalay.

The Southeast Asians will now face China PR in their second outing on October 31.

Meanwhile, in the other Group B fixture, Korea Republic began their campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win over China PR at the Chonburi Stadium.

The South Korean women got off to a stunning start when Kang Ji-woo gave her side the lead just 30 seconds from the start. 2017 semifinalists China hit back through Han Xuan who levelled the score in the 33rd minute.

However, captain Kang’s second strike in the 72nd minute gave Korea Republic all three points.

Vietnam, who overcame hosts Thailand 2-0 in their opener, will face favourites DPR Korea in Group A on Tuesday while Australia take on Thailand.

(Photo credit: The-AFC.com)

Hosts Thailand suffer 2-0 defeat to Vietnam in AFC U19 Women’s Championship 2019 opener

Vietnam Thailand AFC U19 Women

Hosts Thailand suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of ASEAN neighbours Vietnam in their 2019 AFC U19 Women’s Championship opener at the Chonburi Stadium on Sunday.

After a closely-contested first half, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Ngan converted from the penalty spot to give Vietnam the 1-0 lead in the 58th minute and the Vietnamese women sealed the 2-0 result with an injury-time goal from Ngan Thi Van Su.

Meanwhile, in the other match of Group A on the opening day of the continental championship, DPR Korea thrashed Australia 5-1 at the Institute of Physical Education Chonburi Campus Stadium.

The North Koreans, who finished runners-up in the previous edition of the tournament in 2017, had fell behind as early as the 16th minute when Kyra Cooney-Cross gave Australia the lead.

But, Kim Hyang levelled the score just three mintues later before Yun Ji-hwa pulled DPR Korea ahead in the 30th minute. The North Koreans held on to the 2-1 lead until the later stages of the game when Ri Kum-hyang gave them a two-goal lead in the 74th minute.

Pak Il-gyong and Kim Yun-ok added to the scoreline in the 83rd and 88th minutes to give DPR Korea a comfortable win to go top of Group A — ahead of Vietnam on goal difference.

Vietnam face DPR Korea on the second matchday on Group A while Australia face Thailand.

Group B engagements will begin on Monday with Japan taking on Myanmar while China PR facing Korea Republic.

(Photo credit: The-AFC.com)

Thailand beat Indonesia 5-0 to win AFF Futsal Championship 2019; Vietnam qualify for Turkmenistan 2020

Thailand AFF Futsal

Thailand defeated Indonesia 5-0 in the final of the AFF Futsal Championship 2019 at the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Sunday to lift their 15th Southeast Asian regional title.

Thailand have now won 15 of the 16 editions of the ASEAN futsal tournament except the 2010 edition that was won by Indonesia in 2010 after defeating Malaysia 5-0 in the final at the same venue as Sunday’s final.

However, there was no taste of glory for Indonesia this time around as they had to settle for a runners-up medal in the 2019 AFF Futsal Championship.

Thailand took the lead in the 10th minute through Mohamad Osmanmusa who tapped in from a corner kick as the Indonesian defence was guilty of going to sleep. The defending champions then doubled their lead in the 17th minute when Suphawut Thueanklang scored from a second penalty.

Meanwhile, hosts Vietnam became the third and final team from ASEAN to qualify for the 2020 AFC Futsal Championship after defeating Myanmar 7-3 in the third-place play-off earlier in the day.

Warut Wangsama-aeo made it 3-0 for the Thais in the early stages of the second half before Kritsada Wongkaeo sealed the win with the fourth and fifth goasl in the 37th and 40th minutes.

Finalists Thailand and Indonesia had already booked their places in the 16th edition of the continental championship to be held in Turkmenistan from February 24 to March 10 of next year. A total of 16 teams are taking part in the AFC Futsal Championship.

Two goals each from Thai Huy and Van Vu set the pace for Vietnam while Gia Hung, Duc Hoa and Minh Tri also added to the scoreline as a late blitz secured a comfortable win for the Vietnamese.

LIVE: AFF Futsal Championship 2019 – Thailand vs Indonesia

AFF Futsal Championship Indonesia Thailand

Defending champions Thailand are facing Indonesia in the final of the 2019 AFF Futsal Championship at the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Sunday.

Thailand had overcome hosts Vietnam 2-0 in their semifinal clash while Indonesia sweated it out against Myanmar before recording a 4-3 win in their last four clash to book a place in the final.

Thailand are the most successful nation in the AFF Futsal Championship having won 14 of the 15 tournaments so far. Indonesia have won the only other tournament — in 2010 when they defeated Malaysia in the final.

The final berths in the ASEAN regional tournament have also guaranteed Thailand and Indonesia a place in the 2020 AFC Futsal Championship to be held in Turkmenistan from February 24 to March 10, 2020. They will be joined by the winners of the third-place play-off between Vietnam and Myanmar in next year’s continental championship.

Thailand vs Indonesia in the AFF Futsal Championship 2019 Final will kick off at 6 PM HKT (5 PM Thailand local time). You can follow all the updates from the match LIVE right here on our Matchday Blog!