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Afghanistan Draws Japan, Singapore in World Cup Qualifier

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The much anticipated second round draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds for Asia took place on Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Afghanistan National Football were drawn in Group E and will face Japan, Syria, Singapore and Cambodia in Russia in June.

40 teams for the second round of the Asian World Cup qualifiers have been divided into eight groups with five teams per group.

The eight group winners and the four best second-placed teams will advance to Asia’s final FIFA World Cup qualifying round. These teams will also qualify directly for the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.

According to the AFC the qualification for the first time serves as a double qualifier for both the World Cup and AFC Cup.

If the Afghan football team wants to play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, it will have to achieve good results in these qualifying rounds.

But Afghanistan will face tough competition in the second round of qualifying games when they come up against Japan, Syria, Singapore and Cambodia. Afghanistan is 135 in the FIFA ranking system and 17 on Asian ranking list.

Afghanistan will face Syria in its first match on June 11.

The groups are as follows:

Group A: United Emirates Arab, Suadi Arabia, Palestine, East Timor and Malaysia.

Group B: Australia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh.

Group C: China, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan and Hong Kong

Group D: Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan and Guam

Group E: Japan, Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore and Cambodia

Group F: Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan

Group G: South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar and Laos

Group H: Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Philippines, North Korea and Yemen (Tolo News)