Vietnam to host part of AFC U-23 Championship qualification


Ho Chi Minh City, June 9: Vietnam will host Group I of the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship qualification in July, the Vietnam Football Federation said.

Hosts Vietnam will clash with Timor-Leste, Macao of China and South Korea from July 19-23. Group I matches are expected to take place in Ho Chi Minh City, instead of Hanoi as earlier planned, reports Xinhua news agency.

Vietnam will send its national U-22 team to the AFC U-23 Championship qualification, as a preparation for its competing at the 2018 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games slated for August in Malaysia, the federation said on Thursday.

Forty teams will compete at the AFC U-23 Championship qualification. Sixteen squads will qualify to play in the final tournament, including China who have qualified automatically as hosts.


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