Azkals to play in UAE as Asian World Cup qualifiers moved from China | Inquirer Sports
Close  

Azkals to play in UAE as Asian World Cup qualifiers moved from China

/ 05:30 PM June 01, 2021
Philippine Azkals at their first training day in Doha, Qatar

FILE – The Philippine Azkals during their first training day in Doha, Qatar. Photo from Philippine Azkals Twitter

Several World Cup football qualifying matches scheduled to be played in China will be moved to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, after coronavirus infections in the Syria and Maldives teams, officials said Tuesday.

Seven Asian qualifying Group A fixtures involving China, Syria, Maldives, the Philippines and Guam are affected, playing further havoc with the already heavily disrupted Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Chinese Football Association originally said on Monday the fixtures would be moved to Dubai, but the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) clarified Tuesday they would take place in neighboring Sharjah.

The match schedule will be confirmed after discussions with the participating teams, the AFC said in a statement.

The games were supposed to be played over the next fortnight in a biosecure “bubble” in the Chinese city of Suzhou.

According to China’s Titan Sports, the Maldives and Syria are in Dubai and were denied permission to depart for China.

Maldives striker Ali Ashfaq tweeted that he had tested positive and won’t be playing in the qualifiers.

ADVERTISEMENT

China, who smashed Guam 7-0 on Sunday, was scheduled to face the Maldives on Thursday, while Syria was to face the Maldives on June 7.

China is second in the group behind Syria and is fighting to keep their World Cup hopes alive. The games double as qualifiers for the 2023 Asian Cup in China.

RELATED STORIES

China pounds Guam in front of 30,000 in World Cup qualifier

Neil Etheridge, 8 others out for Azkals in World Cup qualifiers

Azkals get Doha training camp going 

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: fifa world cup qualifiers, Philippine Azkals
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.