The Asian Football Confederation announced on Sunday that the next edition of the AFC Asian Cup in 2011 will be hosted by Qatar.
"I don’t agree that we were lucky," said Saudi Arabian coach Helio Dos Anjos after his team defeated Uzbekistan 2-1 in the quarter-final of the Asian Cup in Jakarta.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev rued his side’s misfortune as they exited the AFC Asian Cup at the hands of three-time champions Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia coach Helio Dos Anjos insisted his side deserved their 2-1 win against Uzbekistan in this year’s AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev was left to bemoan his team’s bad luck after a 2-1 quarter-final defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia.
The winner and the runner-up were lined up on the court for a postmatch picture, holding glass trophy vases and smiling for a photographer, when champion Varvara Lepchenko jumped out of the picture, ran to her equipment bag, and pulled out a small camera. She handed it to runner-up Kelly Liggan’s coach, Bill Belser, who obliged and snapped some souvenirs for the 21-year-old from Uzbekistan.
Saudi Arabia continued to bury the demons of their disappointing AFC Asian Cup showing in China three years ago by progressing to the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Uzbekistan on Sunday evening.
China coach Zhu Guanghu faces an uncertain future after his team went from championship contenders to Asian Cup also-rans within two matches.