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FIFA and AFC met to decide on delaying the 2022 World Cup qualifier

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will meet with FIFA this weekend to discuss the upcoming second round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers ahead of the possibility of being postponed due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

The AFC said the meeting took place (scheduled July 7 and 8.3) amid growing health concerns and travel restrictions due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. The organization revealed it held preliminary discussions with a number of Eastern regional member federations on the second round of the 2022 World Cup in March and June.

Members of the eastern region include China, South Korea and Japan – the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 epidemic.

A total of 32 matches in 8 groups will be held this March at the latest stage of the second round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia. These matches are also part of the qualifying process for the 2023 Asian Cup finals in China.

By the end of day 2.3, nearly 90,000 cases of Covid-19 infection had been reported worldwide since the beginning of the epidemic, of which more than half of infected people had recovered; More than 3,000 people died.

Southeast Asian leagues are postponed due to Covid-19

Indonesia is the latest country to announce a postponement of schedule for the national championship football tournament after Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines.

Under the influence of the Covid-19 epidemic, Asian and Southeast Asian countries are reducing their spread by temporarily postponement of schedules for sporting events, including the national football championship.

In a recent announcement on the morning of March 16, the Indonesian Football Confederation (PSSI) said the country’s professional football leagues (including Liga 1 and Liga 2) will be delayed.

In Southeast Asia, the Thai League is the first league to announce delays due to the influence of Covid-19. The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) has set the date of competition back to 18/4.

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Japan called the Real Madrid star for 2022 World Cup qualifier

Japan will have a very strong squad in their next 2 matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia.

In preparation for two matches against Mongolia and Tajikistan in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia, recently coach Hajime Moriyasu has announced the official list of 23 selected players.

In this summons, Japan still impressed with a picture that can be said to be super strong, when up to 20/23 players are playing football in Europe, for leading football platforms like England and West. Spain and Germany.

There are too many high-class players in the Japanese squad, including defenders Hiroki Sakai (Olympique Marseille), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), midfielder Ritsu Doan (PSV), Takumi Minamino (Red Bull Salzburg) ) and especially Takefusa Kubo, the star being loaned out by Real Madrid in Mallorca.

The only three players in Japan currently playing in the country are defender Shinnosuke Hatanaka currently playing for Yokohama, midfielder Kento Hashimoto of FC Tokyo and striker Kensuke Nagai (FC Tokyo).

As can be seen, Japan Tel is extremely focused on the World Cup qualifying campaign in 2022, although their two rivals here are Mongolia and Tajikistan, the teams are much lower level.

In the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia, Japan Tel is in Group F, where in addition they also have the presence of four other teams, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar. Japan will welcome Mongolia at home on 10/10. Five days later, the army of Coach Hajime Moriyasu guest before Tajikistan.

List of 23 Japanese players summoned for the 2022 World Cup qualifier.

Goalkeepers

Eiji Kawashima (RC Strasbourg), Shuichi Gonda (Portimonense), Daniel Schmidt (Sint-Truidense).

Defenders

Hiroki Sakai (Olympique Marseille), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna FC), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Naomichi Ueda (Cercle Brugge), Shinnosuke Hatanaka (Yokohama), Koki Anzai (Portimonense), Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray).

Midfielders

Gaku Shibasaki (Deportivo La Coruna), Genki Haraguchi (Hannover 96), Wataru Endo (VfB Stuttgart), Kento Hashimoto (FC Tokyo), Ko Itakura (Groningen), Ritsu Doan (PSV), Shoya Nakajima (FC Porto) , Junya Ito (KRC Genk), Takumi Minamino (Red Bull Salzburg), Takefusa Kubo (RCD Mallorca).

Forwards

Kensuke Nagai (FC Tokyo), Takuma Asano (Partizan), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt).