TEHRAN – Iran U23 soccer staff coach Mehdi Mahdavikia says that they’re prepared for the 2022 AFC U23 Asian Cup qualification however their essential purpose is reserving a spot within the 2024 Olympic Video games in Paris.
Iran will kick off the qualification on Monday in opposition to Nepal.
“We’re well-prepared for the competitors and hope to indicate a very good efficiency however our essential purpose is to ebook a spot within the Paris 2024,” Mahdavikia mentioned.
“The Tajikistan’s match may help us to organize for the Olympics. We wish to take part on the Olympics after 48 years with a long-term plan,” he added.
“Our essential opponent in Dushanbe is Tajikistan however we respect Nepal and Lebanon as effectively. There isn’t any a simple staff in soccer. We have now not invited our international based mostly gamers for this competitors,” the previous Iran winger went on to say.
The 2022 AFC U23 Asian Cup qualification is being held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan from Oct. 23 to 31. Iran are pitted in opposition to host Tajikistan, Nepal and Lebanon in Group B.
A complete of 16 groups will qualify to play within the last event, together with Uzbekistan as hosts.