Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam make AFC U23s in China

Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam make AFC U23s in China

Cambodia’s Sok Samnang is denied by the Philippine keeper in their 2018 U23 Championship qualifier on Sunday.
Cambodia’s Sok Samnang is denied by the Philippine keeper in their 2018 U23 Championship qualifier on Sunday. Sreng Meng Srun

Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam make AFC U23s in China

Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam were the region’s sides among the 15 teams making it to the finals of next year’s AFC U23 Championship in China, after qualifiers held in 10 different centres across the continent on Sunday that involved 39 nations.

Next month’s SEA Games hosts Malaysia earned the distinction of being the only team from Southeast Asian to emerge as group winners. Both Thailand and Vietnam were among the six best second-placed teams making the grade.

Oman topped Group A after beating Iran 2-0 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, while Iraq downed Saudi Arabia 2-0 in Jeddah to grab Group B honours.Despite their 1-1 draw against Syria in the final Group C encounter in Doha, Qatar headed Group C.

Uzbekistan topped Group D in the United Arab Emirates, while Palestine beat Bangladesh 3-0 to win Group E.

Australia won Group F without conceding a goal in three matches, winding up their campaign with a 3-0 drubbing of hosts Myanmar.

North Korea dominated Group G in Pyongyang, trouncing Laos 6-0, while Malaysia overcame Mongolia 2-0 to take Group H in Bangkok after Thailand, who had beaten Malayasia 3-0 in the opener, were held to a goalless draw by Indonesia.

Vietnam put up a stiff fight against South Korea in Ho Chi Minh City before going down 2-1 in the Group I decider.

China upset defending champions Japan in Phnom Penh to emerge as the Group J winners.

The six best runner-ups were Saudi Arabia (Group B), Syria (Group C), Jordan (Group E), Thailand (Group H), Vietnam (Group I) and Japan (Group J).

The 16 teams due to take part in the third edition of the AFC U23 Championship, to be held in four Chinese cities from January 9-27 2018, are China, Oman, Iraq, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Palestine, Australia, North Korea, Malaysia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.


  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said

  • Protests planned in New York as Hun Sen to attend the UN

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. But US-based supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) plan to throw eggs at his car as part of a series of protests to coincide

  • CPP: ‘Behave or Sokha suffers’

    The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman warned Kem Monovithya on Thursday that her attempt to damage “national reputation and prestige” would lead to her father, Kem Sokha, receiving even harsher punishment. Sok Eysan issued the warning as Monovithya, who is the court dissolved

  • Preah Sihanouk beach developments halted

    After receiving an order from Hun Sen, Minister of Land Management Chea Sophara led a team of experts and relevant officials to Sihanoukville to call a halt to the illegal development of a beach. The prime minister ordered the Prek Treng beach in Otres commune