[June 1, 2021 – Harmon, Guam] The Guam Matao continues to face steep challenges in its FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Asian Qualifiers campaign, with the latest a last-minute move to the United Arab Emirates for the team’s remaining two matches against the Philippines and Syria.
According to the AFC Web site, “the decision was made due to the mounting challenges faced by several participating teams in traveling to China, PR”. Teams from Guam and China, PR, as well as match officials already in China will travel via charter plane to the UAE Thursday afternoon for matches to be played in Sharjah.
“These are indeed unprecedented times for everyone, and, on behalf of the AFC, I would like to thank the UAE FA for agreeing to host the Group A matches of the Asian Qualifiers,” said AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John as published on the AFC Web site. “The UAE FA’s commitment to host the matches within such a short lead time is testament to their spirit of understanding and organisational excellence, and we are confident that they will provide the best possible environment for our teams and players. .....
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