Afghanistan beat Qatar 7-3 in Asian Beach Soccer qualifiers
By Sadaf Shinwari - Wed Jan 23 2013, 11:14 am
On Tuesday, the Afghans finished the match at the Katara Beach in the Qatari capital Doha with a 7-3 lead after playing against host Qatar during the first and second the second period.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts now have a tough qualification on hand now having lost their first match in the 16-nation tournament.
The Nenem coached side have to win both their group matches to keep their slender hopes alive.
Qatar and Afghanistan are taking part in the Asian qualifiers for the first time. The first-place teams from each of the four groups advance to the semifinals.
This edition of the AFC Beach Soccer Championship will see a record participation of 16 teams, further illustrating the increasing popularity of beach soccer across the region. A host of challengers, some new to the event and others looking to improve on past performances, will be aiming to usurp continental heavyweights like Japan, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman on the road to Tahiti 2013.
In the build-up to the big event in Doha, FIFA.com takes a closer look at the participating teams and assesses their chances of appearing on the world stage this September.