The Afghanistan National Football Team left Kabul on Monday for Thailand where they will play in a friendly match against the host country.
The match aims to prepare the football team for the 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Japan.
After the friendly the team will fly to Iran to play Japan in the 2018 World Cup qualifying match on September 8 which will be held in Azadi Stadium in Tehran.
A number of national team players who live in European countries and in the United States have also arrived in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, for the match, scheduled for Thursday.
The National Football Team coach, Slaven Skeledzic said that they don’t have much time to prepare for the match against Japan but that they will work hard at getting the players to work as a team ahead of the match in Iran.
“Thailand is a very good team and Thailand plays with the same style as Japan,” Skeledzic said adding that he hoped the friendly would help the team in their match against Japan.
On Japan, he said that “I have watched a number of videos of Japan’s national football team and I will also watch their next match which is on September 3. I know how the athletes play.”
Afghanistan is in group E of the 2018 World Cup qualifying round with Japan, Syria, Singapore and Cambodia.
Afghanistan already lost its first match 0-6 to Syria and in the second match they beat Cambodia 1-0 in the qualifying round.
If they win this next match against Japan, the national squad will play Singapore on October 8 at the National Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. On October 13 they will play against Syria.
On November 12 they have another match in the series of 2108 World Cup qualification round with Cambodia which will be held in Samen Al-Aeme Stadium in Mashhad, Iran.