Kathmandu, July 17
Nepal have been drawn to a tough group for the joint Round Two qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup China.
Nepal’s Group B includes Australia, Jordan, Chinese Taipei and Kuwait as per the draw announced by the Asian Football Confederation on Wednesday. All the teams have higher positions in the FIFA ranking.
The matches will be held on the round robin basis and they will be played at home and away. The qualifier will begin on September 5.
Total 40 teams, divided into eight groups with five teams in each, will play the qualifier matches.
The eight group winners and four best runners-up of Round Two will advance to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals and the final round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The next best 24 teams from the second round of the joint qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining 12 slots in the 24-team AFC Asian Cup China 2023.