Qantas Futsalroos draw Iran, Kuwait and Tajikistan for AFC F

The Qantas Futsalroos are set to face Iran, Kuwait and Tajikistan for AFC Futsal Championship 2010

The Qantas Futsalroos have been placed alongside Iran, Kuwait and Tajikistan in Group B for the upcoming AFC Futsal Championship 2010 which will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 23-30 May.

Qantas Futsalroos Head Coach Steven Knight knows that it will be a difficult task to progress to the knock-out stage of the competition but he is optimistic about his team's chances.

“Considering that this is the eleventh edition of the AFC Futsal Championship and that Iran have won the competition nine times, it is obvious that we are placed in a tough group,” said Knight

“We had a fantastic qualification tournament, but now the stakes have been raised and we will have to lift our game accordingly.

“Our preparation will have to be more intense than for the qualifiers, but I'm confident that if we play to our potential we can progress to the second round and beyond,” concluded Knight .

In the other groups, host nation Uzbekistan has drawn Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Lebanon in Group A, whilst 2008 runner's up Thailand is drawn in Group C with three-time semi-finalists Kyrgyzstan, Korea Republic and Vietnam. Group D includes 2006 winners Japan with Turkmenistan, Iraq and China PR.

The Qantas Futsalroos qualified for the AFC Futsal Championship 2010 after going through the AFC Futsal Championship ASEAN Zone qualifiers, which were played in Jakarta in February, undefeated, accounting for the host nation Indonesia 4-1 in the final.

The Qantas Futsalroos squad for the AFC Futsal Championship is expected to be named in May.

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