Lahore, February 10, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan will face Yemen which is considered the best team in the group. The probable dates for the matches to be played on home and away basis will be 12th March in Yemen and 17th in Pakistan. Lt. Col. (retd) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi, General Secretary PFF has said that our players are on a high note after winning the SAFF champions Afghanistan in the recently held match.
The 12 teams of the group India, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Timor Leste, Nepal, Macau, Pakistan, Mongolia, Brunei and Bhutan were involved in the draw at AFC House.
Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 Draw
India v Nepal
Yemen v Pakistan
Timor-Leste v Mongolia
Cambodia v Macau
ChineseTaipei v BruneiDS
Sri Lanka v Bhutan
The dozen hopefuls will now meet on March 12 and 17 as they attempt to progress to the next stage of qualifying, while the games will also see the Asian Football Confederation become the first governing body to begin qualifying for FIFA’s global extravaganza in Russia.
The six winners will advance to Round 2 where the 34 highest ranked teams await. The 40 nations will be drawn into eight groups of five teams and compete according to a double round robin format. The Round 2 qualification matches will be held from June 11, 2015 to March 29, 2016.
The group winners and four best runners-up (total 12 teams) will advance to the 2019 Asian Cup finals and the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. The next best 24 teams from the preliminary stage of the joint qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining slots (12 slots or 11 slots + 1 slot for the host) in the 24-team 2019 Asian Cup finals.
For more information, contact:
Syed Muhammad Hasnain
Acting Media Manager
Pakistan Football Federation
PFF SECRETARIAT, PFF House,
Opposite Punjab Stadium, Ferozepur Road,
Lahore – Pakistan.
Tel: +92 42 99230821, +92 42 99230822
Fax: +92 42 99230823