Iran to Face Malaysia in AFC Beach Soccer Championship Opener
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran to open the AFC Beach Soccer Championship Malaysia 2017 with a match against host Malaysia on Sunday.
The competition also serves as the qualifiers for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 where Asia will be represented by the top three finishers.
Team Melli won the 2013 edition of the championship in Doha, Qatar after beating Japan 5-4 on penalties following a 6-6 draw after extra time.
The Iranians have also finished in third place on no less than five occasions - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2015.
Iran has been drawn in Group A along with Malaysia, Bahrain, China and Afghanistan.
The competition will take place from March 4 to 11.
AFC Beach Soccer Championship Malaysia 2017 was originally scheduled for January 21–2,. 2017, but was postponed.