(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Hosts Oman will take on Myanmar in the opening match of the inaugural AFC U22 Championship, which will be held in Muscat from January 11-26.
The Oman U22 side, which is coached by Frenchman Philippe Burle, has been pooled with South Korea, Jordan and Myanmar in Group A as 16 nations will vie for the continental trophy.
The draw for the championship was held at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel on Saturday in the presence of Alex Soosay, general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy, chairman of the Oman Football Association (OFA).
Oman will play Myanmar on January 11 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex (SQSC). Two other matches, both from Group B, will take place on the opening day with North Korea taking on Yemen at the Seeb Sports
Stadium and UAE facing Syria later on at the same venue.
Group C comprises Australia, Japan, Iran and Kuwait, while Group D consists of Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, China and Iraq. The top two teams from each of the four groups will progress to the quarterfinals.
Sayyid Khalid said at the draw ceremony, ''It is a matter of prestige to host the inaugural edition of the AFC U22 Championship. This is the first time that Oman will host a top level football competition.
''We (Oman) are not in an easy group, but we will aim to finish among the top two to qualify for the quarterfinals. It is a tough task, but I am confident our boys can achieve it.''
Oman's national team coach Paul Le Guen, who was present at the draw ceremony, said, ''It is not an easy group, but it is also not a bad group [for us]. It is too early to comment on the prospects as I don't have much idea about the other teams [in Group A].''
After the opener against Myanmar, Oman faces Jordan (on January 11) and South Korea (on January 13) in its other Group A games.
The draw was conducted by Shin Man-Gil, the AFC's director of national teams competition.
Earlier, the winner's trophy was unveiled by Soosay and Sayyid Khalid.