Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.. Syria group matches moved to Sharjah
The Asian Football Confederation confirmed on Tuesday that the UAE federation agreed to host Group A matches, in the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup in China, according to the pool system. The remaining seven matches in Group A, which includes the leaders Syria, China, the Philippines, Maldives and Guam, will be held at Sharjah City Stadium, where the program of matches will be approved in the coming days after consulting with the participating teams and taking into account the dates of their arrival in the Emirates. Dato’ Windsor John, AFC General Secretary, expressed his appreciation to the UAE Football Association for expressing its willingness to host Group A matches: “These are challenging times for everyone, and on behalf of the AFC, I would like to thank the UAE Football Association for agreeing to host Group A matches in the Asian Qualifiers.” . On the other hand, Mohammed Hazam Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the UAE Federation, said: “Through the AFC Champions League matches for the Western Region in Sharjah, we have demonstrated the ability of the UAE to organize world-class tournaments, and in addition, we host training camps for more than 14 national teams. And international friendly matches in preparation for the World Cup qualifiers… as we will be the only country in the Asian continent to host two groups in the Asian qualifiers.” The UAE will also host Group G matches, which includes, in addition to its national team, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The matches are scheduled to take place from June 3 at Maktoum bin Rashid and Zabeel Stadiums in Dubai. The pandemic caused chaos in the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, and the group matches led by Syria were scheduled to be completed over a two-week assembly system in a health bubble in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. And in light of the recent epidemic injuries in the Maldives and Syria teams… they must be strictly isolated upon entry, and they cannot participate in the scheduled matches,” the Chinese Football Association said in a statement on Monday. Nisour Qasioun leads the team with 15 points from 5 matches, China (10 points), the Philippines (7), the Maldives (6) and Guam (0).