Azkals draw Korea, China, Kyrgyz Republic in 2019 AFC Asian Cup

May 05, 2018, 18:14
Azkals draw Korea, China, Kyrgyz Republic in 2019 AFC Asian Cup

The Philippine Azkals have a tough group waiting for them when they begin their historic first ever AFC Asian Cup campaign in early 2019.

Likewise, IR Iran, Iraq, Vietnam and Yemen look set to deliver some real battles in Group D.

Defending champions Australia will renew their rivalry with Syria after being drawn alongside the Middle Eastern nation in Group B.

Japan, who have won the event a record four times, are expected to sail through to the round of 16 from Group F which also includes Uzbekistan, Oman and Turkmenistan.

The tournament will kick off with a Group A match between hosts UAE and Bahrain at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Jan 5.

Graham Arnold will be in charge by then following this year's World Cup and will inevitably be benchmarked against Ange Postecoglou, who won the 2015 edition of the tournament, albeit on home soil.

A total prize money of US$50 million will be given away, including $5 million for the champion of the tournament featuring 24 teams.

The last time the Azkals and China met in a friendly, they got an 8-1 drubbing from the emerging Asian powerhouse.

"The Asian Cup has a rich history and to be one of the 24 teams competing is already an honor for Philippine Football", Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano Araneta Jr. said in a statement posted on the association's official website.

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