Asean teams in tough AFC U19 Championship draw

The five sides, including hosts Myanmar, face a difficult assignment in the group stages for the 2014 tournament, which consists of 16 teams

The 16 qualified teams for the 2014 AFC Under-19 Championship found out their fate on Thursday when the draw for the group stages was conducted in Yangon, Myanmar.

The five Asean teams involved will face a difficult task in making it to the quarter-finals, especially as two pairs will face off against each other. Hosts Myanmar were drawn in Group A alongside Thailand, where they will also contend with Iran and Yemen. Similarly, Australia were drawn together with Indonesia in Group B, which also features Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Vietnam face an even more daunting task against heavyweights South Korea, Japan and China in Group C, while Group D features teams who all topped their groups during qualification, namely Qatar, Oman, Iraq and North Korea.

However, one would not bet against the AFF nations pulling off surprise results, especially with Indonesia and Vietnam having both emerged as winners of tough groups during qualification.

The tournament is set to run from October 9 to 23 and there is a strong incentive for teams to do well, as the top four teams will earn the right to play at the 2015 Fifa Under-20 World Cup.