Indonesia, India U16's Group C rivals at the 2018 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) U16 Championship, celebrated their first AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Championship title after beating Thailand on penalties in the final on Saturday. The ASEAN champions were unbeaten throughout the competition.
Iran and Vietnam also join India and Indonesia in Group C of the tournament which will be played in Malaysia between 20th September and 7th October 2018. Here we take a look at how the Blue Colts' rivals are performing.
Indonesia hosted the 2018 edition of ASEAN Football Federation U16 Championship and topped their group that also comprised of Vietnam. Amiruddin Bagus netted a hat-trick as The Red and Whites won 4-2 against Vietnam in the group stage. Bagus eventually ended up as the tournament's top-scorer with 12 goals.
An unbeaten Indonesian side breezed past the group stage and beat Malaysia 1-0 in the semifinal. The final failed to separate Thailand and Indonesia in normal time and the latter won 4-3 on penalties.
Indonesia will face India in the final Group C game of the AFC U16 Championship on September 27 at the UM Arena, Kuala Lumpur.
Vietnam's only defeat in the group stage was against Indonesia. They finished third in the group with 10 points, behind Indonesia and Myanmar. Dinh Trung finished second on the list of goalscorers with eight goals.
Vietnam are set to face India on September 21 at the UM Arena in Kuala Lumpur.
Two-time WAFF U-16 champions Iran has not taken part in the tournament since 2013 and the trend continued as Japan won the 2018 edition. The Iranian youngsters played two friendlies against Azerbaijan in July and recorded a 5-1 triumph in one of them.
Speaking about the draw for the tournament, Iran manager Hossein Moradi had said, "It is not going to be easy. We have played India five times in the past few years. East Asia and ASEAN countries are very different from West Asia. We will try to get familiar with the football played in this region."
The West Asian team will conduct a preparatory camp each in August and September before they head to Malaysia for the AFC U16 Championship. They will take on India on September 24 at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.