Asian Games 2018: UAE join Group C after Iraq’s withdrawal prompted redraw

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates have been re-drawn into Group C of the football tournament at Asian Games 2018 after Asian Football Confederation (AFC) conducted a partial redraw following Iraq’s late withdrawal.After the redraw, UAE will face China, Timor Leste and Syria at the Games, starting August 10. This is the second time AFC had to conduct a redraw for the group phase of the competition after organisers had earlier not included the UAE and Palestine in the original selection.Iraq withdrawn their team slated to play the football tournament at the Asian Games in Jakarta and the withdrawal from the roster threw the opening phase of the tournament in turmoil.Iraq’s withdrawal had left Group C, containing China, Timor Leste and Syria, to just three teams.A source at the Iraq Football Association had initially denied reports the team would be removed from the competition and that the squad’s preparations were being finalised following the completion of a training camp in the northern city of Erbil.Earlier this week, football officials were reported to have been fired over their involvement in the selection of overage players for the nation’s under-16 team after they were stopped at passport control on their way to participate in a regional tournament.The football tournament at the Asian Games features teams comprising players aged 23 years of age and under, with coaches permitted to select three overage players.The competition begins on August 10, with the final to be played on September 1.ASIAN GAMES FOOTBALL DRAWGroup A: Indonesia, Hong Kong, Laos, Chinese Taipei, PalestineadvertisementGroup B: Thailand, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, QatarGroup C: United Arab Emirates, China, East Timor, SyriaGroup D: Japan, Vietnam, Pakistan, NepalGroup E: South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, BahrainGroup F: North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Myanmar(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more