Asian Cup Draw Completed

the AFC Asian Cup Draw (Getty Images)

Host Australia will face Kuwait in the opening game of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

The draw for the Cup was completed Wednesday at the Sydney Opera House, deciding fifteen of the sixteen teams’ groups.

Australia and Kuwait were joined by two-time champion South Korea and Oman in Group A. The opening match will be played at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on January 9.

Group B consists of Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, China, and the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup winner DPR Korea.

Group C is all Middle Eastern teams, led by three-time champion Iran. 2011 hosts Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates round out that group.

Group D consists of defending champion Japan, 2007 champion Iraq, and Jordan. The final team in Group D will be the winner of the 2014 Asian Challenge Cup in Maldives. Eight teams will compete from May 19-30 to earn the last spot in the tournament.

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup begins on January 9 in Melbourne with the final being played on January 31 in Sydney.

Asian Cup Progress Reviewed

Prior to the Asian Cup Draw, the organizing committee for the 2015 Asian Cup gave presentations to the Asian Football Confederation on their progress to the AFC.

“It is also encouraging to know that multicultural communities in Australia are eager to support their respective teams. The program carried out by the ALOC to involve these communities is also promising,” AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a statement.

Organizing committee CEO Michael Brown presented the AFC with a report on the programs ALOC was doing to spread awareness of the event, as well as the commercial partner for the event World Star Group.

“The opening match of the tournament on January 9, 2015 is just 290 days away. Now, every day, every minute, and every second counts, but we will be ready for the big event,” AFC chairman HRH Prince Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah said in a statement.

Tournament regulations for the 2015 Asian Cup were also approved at the meeting.

By INSIDER’s Aaron Bauer 

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