Brunei return from AFC Under-19 Championship Qualifiers
Friday, November 11, 2017
THE national Under-18 football team returned home from the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-19 Championship qualifiers in South Korea today.
Present at the Brunei International Airport to greet the team were National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Assistant General Secretary Pg Mohd Amirrizal Pg Hj Mahmud and other NFABD officials.
Brunei started their Group F campaign with a 5-0 loss to Indonesia, fell 11-0 to hosts and eventual group winners South Korea, were defeated 1-0 by Malaysia and drew 2-2 with Timor Leste.
A total of 45 countries divided into 10 groups competed in the qualifiers held across Asia, and the group winners and five best second-placed teams have qualified for next year’s edition of the biennial tournament along with hosts country Indonesia.
Malaysia qualified for the tournament as one of the five best second-placed teams – along with Chinese Taipei, Iraq, North Korea and Thailand.
Apart from South Korea, the other group winners who will compete in the 2018 AFC Under-19 Championship are Australia, China, Japan, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
The semi-finalists at next year’s tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup as Asia’s representatives.
Japan won last year’s AFC Under-19 Championship in Bahrain after beating Saudi Arabia 5-3 on penalties.