Afghan football team members practicing ahead of their important match against Japan at Azadi Stadium Tehran on Tuesday. (Photo: AFF)
Afghanistan football team is all set to face Japan in an important World Cup qualifier match at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Tuesday.
Japan, considered one of the Asian heavyweights, are riding high on confidence after beating Cambodia 3-0 at home to sit third in the group E.
Afghanistan suffered a 2-0 loss to Thailand in a friendly match in Bangkok on Thursday.
Afghan team’s second qualifying round has included one loss and one win. They suffered an ignominious 6-0 defeat against Syria, but bounced back strongly to beat Cambodia 1-0.
The team is clubbed with Syria, Japan, Singapore and Cambodia in group E. After the match against Japan on Tuesday, Afghanistan will take on Cambodia on November 12 and Singapore on March 29 2016.
Afghanistan’s home games will be played between June 11, 2015 and March 29, 2016 in Iran.
Due to security concerns, Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) had earlier decided against hosting the qualifiers in Afghanistan. The venue was later shifted to Iran.
All teams are vying for a place in 2018 World Cup, scheduled to take place between June 14 and July 15 2018 in Russia.
The game against Japan is crucial for Afghanistan to stay in contention for the biggest football tournament in 2018. The two teams have met just once before, in which Japan claimed a 2-0 win.
The World Cup qualification process will decide 31 of the 32 teams that will play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The game against Japan is crucial for Afghanistan to stay in contention for the biggest football tournament in 2018. The two teams have met just once before, in which Japan claimed a 2-0 win
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place between June 14 and July 15 2018 in Russia.
AFF recently held week-long selection trials for the national football team in Frankfurt, Germany.
The trials were being conducted by senior coaching staff led by head coach Slaven Skeledzic and assistant coach Ali Askar Lali, according to a statement issued by AFF.
Ariana Television Network (ATN), one of Afghanistan’s largest privately owned television network, has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for Afghanistan’s qualifying matches.
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