Zee Sports to live-telecast AFC U-20 championship

MUMBAI: Zee Sports, the television partner to the AIFF, will produce and telecast the AFC Youth Championship from Kolkata and Bangalore starting 29 October to 12 November 2006.

Two production units will be working simultaneously in Kolkata and Bangalore to produce the telecast for the international football tournament to be held in India. In Kolkatta the matches will played at the Salt Lake Stadium and in Bangalore the matches will be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Zee Sports is also the host broadcaster for the entire Asian region for the event and the feed will be going out to 25 Asian countries.

The AFC U-20 Championship is held every two years and is open to players under the age of 19. The future stars of Asian football will be playing in this tournament and most of them will in all likelihood represent their countries in the 2010 FIFA W.Cup. This tournament also acts as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The top four sides in the AFC Youth Championship will advance to the FIFA U-20 World Cup to be played in Canada from 30 June 2007 to 22 July 2007. The Korea Republic claimed the AFC Youth Championship crown in 2004 with a 2-0 win over China in Kuala Lumpur. Countries competing in this edition of championship are Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, China, UAE, Thailand, Australia, Japan, North Korea, Iran, Tajikistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Vietnam and hosts India.



India will be looking up to East Bengal striker Vimal Pariyar, Churchill Brothers midfield duo of Ong Tshering Lepcha and Th. Nooba Singh to create the furore.



As hosts of Asia's premier youth tournament India have prepared meticulously over the last year under veteran Uzbek coach Islam Akhmedov. In the run up to the preparations for this tournament the Indian colts have taken part in two major tournaments. The first was the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup in which they held their own against senior teams from Afghanistan (2-0), Chinese Taipei (1-1) and the Philippines (0-0) before going down to Nepal 3-0 in the quarterfinals. The other tournament was the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Sri Lanka where they drew with Afghanistan (0-0) and Nepal (1-1) but defeated Bangladesh 2-1 to make the last four. They went down to Sri Lanka 7-6 on penalties and later lost the third-fourth-place playoff to Nepal 2-0.

Telecast Schedule of the AFC Youth Championship

S.No Match Date Venue Time
1. Korea Republic vs. Jordan 29 Oct Salt Lake, Kolkata 15:30 onwards
2. India vs. Kyrgyzthan 29 Oct SaltLake, Kolkata 18:30 onwards
3. China PR vs. Australia 30 Oct Salt Lake, Kolkata 15:30 onwards
4. Thailand vs. UAE 30 Oct Salt Lake, Kolkata 18:30 onwards
5. Jordan vs. India 31 Oct SaltLake, Kolkata 15:30 onwards
6. Kyrgyzthan vs. Korea Rep 31 Oct SaltLake, Kolkata 18:30 onwards
7. Saudi Arabia vs Malaysia 1 Nov Sree Kanteerava, Bangalore 15:30 onwards
8. UAE vs China PR 1 Nov SaltLake, Kolkata 18:30 onwards
9. Korea Republic vs India 2 Nov SaltLake, Kolkata 14:30 onwards
10. China PR vs Thailand 3 Nov SaltLake, Kolkata 14:30 onwards
11. Quarter Finals 6 Nov SaltLake, Kolkata 15:30 onwards
12. Quarter Finals 6 Nov SaltLake, Kolkata 18:30 onwards
13. Semi Finals 9 Nov SaltLake, Kolkata 15:30 onwards
14. Semi Finals 9 Nov SaltLake, Kolkata 17:00 onwards
15. Third Place Play Off 12 Nov SaltLake, Kolkata 15:30 onwards
16. Finals 12 Nov SaltLake, Kolkata 17:00 onwards

Catch all the action live and exclusive on Zee Sports.

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