Iraq "comfortable" in group for AFC U22 qualifiers14/02/2012 10:58
BAGHDAD, Feb.14 (AKnews)- Iraq's group for the inaugural AFC U22 Championship 2013 is not difficult to defeat, a member of the Iraqi Football Federation said.
Kamel Zaghir said there are UAE, Oman, Lebanon, India and Turkmenistan along with Iraq in the Group A "which are of the same level, if not lower than Iraq."
"The group is balanced and not difficult…. we can beat them and qualify for the semi-finals," IFF member said.
The qualification round draw for the event was held earlier today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Some 42 teams in total were divided into seven groups.
The complete groupings are as follows:
Group A: UAE, Iraq, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Lebanon
Group B: Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka
Group C: Bahrain, IR Iran, Tajikistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Maldives
Group D: Uzbekistan, Jordan, Yemen, Bangladesh, Nepal
Group E: Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Macau, Timor Leste
Group F: DPR Korea, China PR, Thailand, Hong Kong, Laos, Cambodia
Group G: Korea Republic, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Philippines
By Amir Daghestni
Edited by Fadi Zedan