KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has finally confirmed United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the centralized venue for Harimau Malaya’s remaining 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifying matches.
AFC in its website said venues for the qualifiers which are scheduled to take place between May 31 to June 15, were confirmed following a process of close consultation with its member associations involved.
“UAE has been selected as the host for Group G, which consists of ASEAN challengers Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia,” the confederation said.
Just yesterday, AFC confirmed the dates for the remaining group stage matches, as the national football team under the tutelage of Tan Cheng Hoe is scheduled to face UAE on June 3, group leader Vietnam on June 11, and conclude their group stage campaign against Thailand on June 15.
After five matches in the qualifiers, Malaysia collected nine points to be in the second spot behind group leader Vietnam (11 points), while Thailand is at the third spot with eight points, the UAE (six points) with a game in hand, and Indonesia at the bottom, having yet to secure any point.
Meanwhile, AFC shared that China will host Group A of the qualifiers which comprise Syria, Philippines, Maldives, and Guam, while Group B matches for teams from Australia, Jordan, Nepal, and Chinese Taipei will be hosted by Kuwait.
Bahrain will stage the matches in Group C which features Iraq, Iran, Hong Kong, and Cambodia, while Saudi Arabia has been selected to hold the matches in Group D, which includes Uzbekistan, Singapore, Yemen, and Palestine.
The 2022 World Cup host Qatar, will facilitate Group E opponents Oman, Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh; while Japan will stage matches for Group F comprising Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Myanmar, and Mongolia.