Saudi Arabia in Group D for World Cup, Asian Cup qualifiers

Saudi national team players sing the national anthem during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in Sharjah. (AFP/File)
Updated 18 July 2019

Saudi Arabia in Group D for World Cup, Asian Cup qualifiers

  • Forty teams will participate at this stage

RIYADH: The Asian qualifiers draw took place on Wednesday for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Saudi Arabia are top-seeded in Group D, alongside Uzbekistan, Palestine, Yemen and Singapore.

Forty teams will participate at this stage. They will be divided into eight groups, each involving five teams. 

Top-ranked Iran were drawn with neighboring Iraq, plus Bahrain, Hong Kong and Cambodia, in Group C.

UAE are top-seeded in a Group G loaded with Southeast Asian derbies, involving Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Australia, which play in the Asian Football Confederation, will play Jordan, Taiwan, Kuwait and Nepal in Group B.

World Cup host Qatar also play as this group stage doubles up as qualifiers for the 2023 Asian Cup being played in China. Qatar will play Oman, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh in Group E.

China are in Group A with Syria, Philippines, Maldives and Guam. Japan is in Group F with Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia.

North Korea and South Korea have been drawn together in  Group H that includes Lebanon, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka.

The teams will compete in the two-stage league system. The tournaments will take place from Sept. 5 to June 9, 2020. The top team in each group will qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup alongside the top four teams that finish in second place. 

The same teams will also qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals.


Floyd Mayweather posts video about heading to Saudi Arabia for talks on Manny Pacquiao rematch

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Floyd Mayweather posts video about heading to Saudi Arabia for talks on Manny Pacquiao rematch

  • Mayweather, the undefeated 50-0 fighter, beat Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2015
  • Mayweather's last two fights saw him in a bout against MMA champion Conor McGregor in August 2017 and rookie Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa

LONDON: Floyd Mayweather released a video on Sunday saying he was traveling to Saudi Arabia for talks on a rematch with Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather, the undefeated 50-0 fighter, beat Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2015 and it looks like the Kingdom could host the second bout between the two.

In the video, Mayweather said: “It’s an honor to come to Saudi Arabia to sit down with you guys to talk about the Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch. Saudi Arabia — Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather — I’m on my way.”
Mayweather's last two fights saw him in a bout against MMA champion Conor McGregor in August 2017 and rookie Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve, the latter not counting toward his professional record.
There has been no official announcement from Saudi authorities.