Taiwan draw Iraq to face in WC qualifying

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 15, 2015
By: Dave Carroll and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporters

Taiwan face 2007 Asian champions Iraq in FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying after the two

Taiwan captain Chen Po-liang goes up for a header against Brunei in their World Cup qualifier in Kaohsiung on March 12.  Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

Taiwan captain Chen Po-liang goes up for a header against Brunei in their World Cup qualifier in Kaohsiung on March 12. Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

sides were drawn together in Group F at Asian Football Confederation headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday.

Iraq, 86th in FIFA’s world rankings, are the top seeds in a group that also includes world No. 125 Vietnam, world No. 142 Thailand and world No. 159 Indonesia

Taiwan head coach Chen Kuei-jen said he is looking forward to exciting matches in a challenging group.

“We know about the type of players in Vietnam, Indonesian and Thailand. They have good pace and are fast on the counterattack. We must improve our short-passing game and complementary movement for the matches against these Southeast Asian countries,” Chen said.     [FULL  STORY]

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