The Asian Games Lions have been drawn alongside champions Qatar in a draw conducted today.
The other teams in the group are another West Asian team Kuwait and South Asian powerhouse India.
The top two teams from each group and the four best third-placed teams will qualify for the Round of 16.
It looked a reasonable group for the Asian Games Lions as even with the loss of 5 players, with Hariss also out, we will be reinforce with 3 senior players so the choice of the seniors could well decide the fate of the Asian Games Lions.
All the other factors about the oppositions like whether they 'filled' with more overage players than allowed is out of our hand as let be honest, it is happening.
The last Asian Games saw Qatar crowned champions with cries of up to 6 'senior' players but then runner-up Iraq, who make the accusations, was found later to have fake players for the U19 ACQ thus was kicked out of the U19 Asian Cup Finals.
Group A: China, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, Japan
Group B: Iran, Vietnam, Bahrain, Turkmenistan
Group C: Korea Republic, Palestine, Jordan, DPR Korea
Group D: Qatar, Kuwait, India, Singapore
Group E: Uzbekistan, UAE, Hong Kong, Bangladesh
Group F: Thailand, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan
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