[June 16, 2021 – Harmon, Guam] The Guam-based Matao players and staff returned to Guam Monday evening with plans to continue to make improvements and adjust priorities after completing its Round 2 matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Asian Qualifiers in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
The next round of FIFA World Cup qualification will begin in 2023 in the first-ever triple-host tournament in Canada, Mexico, and the United States in 2026.
“This past FIFA World Cup qualification round was an opportunity to re-evaluate the Matao team and its potential for success in future tournaments,” said Sang Hoon Kim, GFA Technical Director. “In the most recent three matches, we had seen the potential of many of the new, younger players and their contributions to the team. We need to invest more into the development of young Guam-based players currently in our national program and make more efforts toward a generational change if we want to stay competitive at the highest level, especially for the next FIFA World Cup qualification rounds. Every national team goes through this transitional phase and we need to truly strengthen the Matao team by prioritizing sustainability in the program.” .....
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