Uzbekistan set to challenge

Kuala Lumpur: Uzbekistan will not be lacking in confidence at the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™. 

The Central Asian are perennial qualifiers for the continental showpiece and will feel that Qatar 2023 is their best opportunity to lift the coveted title.


FIFA World Ranking: 68
Previous Appearances: 7
Best Finish: Fourth – 2011
2019 Result: Round of 16
Head Coach: Srecko Katanec (SVN)
Fun Fact: Uzbekistan have advanced to the knockout stage in the previous five editions of the Finals

An impressive blend of experienced and young players gives Uzbekistan an exciting look for their Qatar 2023 campaign.

They have been at the forefront in recent AFC age group tournaments and the rising stars will relish the opportunity to go up against the continent’s best players.

Srecko Katanec is a highly experienced coach and the Slovenian has AFC Asian Cup experience, having guided Iraq in the 2019 edition.

Uzbekistan showed their amazing spirit in their recent Preliminary Joint Qualification – Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and the AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ tie against the Islamic Republic of Iran, coming from 2-0 down to force a draw and Katanec will be counting on their resilience to power an extended run in Qatar 2023. 

Uzbekistan’s Group B fixtures
January 13
v Syria (20:30 local time, Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium)
January 18
v India (17:30 local time, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)
January 23
v Australia (14:30 local time, Al Janoub Stadium)

AFC By Nadeem Faisal Baiga