AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round – Official Draw Result

2022-02-24

The official draw for the Final Round of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers was conducted by AFC this afternoon (February 24). Hong Kong will face India, Afghanistan and Cambodia in Group D. The competition is tentatively scheduled for June in Kolkata, India. The Hong Kong Representative Team will play the first match against Afghanistan on June 8 and will face Cambodia and India on June 11 and June 14 respectively. The detailed fixture will be announced by AFC in due course.

For the full result of the draw, please visit the AFC website –
https://www.the-afc.com/en/national/afc_asian_cup/news/groups_decided_for_afc_asian_cup_china_2023%E2%84%A2_qualifiers_final_round.html

Jørn Andersen, Head Coach of the Hong Kong Representative Team said “Given the current epidemic situation in Hong Kong, it is difficult to be as competitive as we would wish to be when facing our opponents in Asia. The draw has placed us in a tight group, which is interesting because there could be many different possibilities. 

India is the strongest among the group, but still, I am confident we could play a good game against them. Afghanistan has a similar world ranking to us and recently defeated Indonesia in the World Cup Qualifiers, so it would be a team to watch. As for Cambodia, we have played against them in previous qualifications with one win and one draw. It would be the team we have the most experience playing against.

I will be focusing on the coming three months to best prepare our team for the competition. The HKFA is also exploring all different possibilities for the team to train. Hopefully, we would have some good news soon.”