MANILA, Philippines — The AFC U-16 Women's Championship 2011 Qualifying Round 1 (Group A) starts this Friday with favorite Vietnam going up against Singapore at the University of Makati football field.
The event, which drew five countries, including the RP side, is the second qualifying tournament the country is hosting in less than a month, an indication of the country’s good image among Asian Football Confederation (AFC) officials although it has to yet win a big one in a big stage.
The RP Under-16 faces a tall order but it hopes to give its rivals a stiff challenge in the event serving as a follow-up to its successful staging of the AFC Under-19 Women's Championship Group A Qualifiers last month.
Vietnam, a rising power in the region, is heavily tipped to dominate the event organized by the Philippine Football Federation and sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Also taking part in the 10-day tournament are Singapore, Guam and Timor Leste.
The teams play a single round robin with the No. 1 team advancing to the next phase of the event.
Vietnam starts its campaign against Singapore at 9 a.m. while Guam collides with Timor Leste at 3 p.m.
The RP Under-16 sees action on Sunday against Guam before facing Timor Leste on Tuesday, Vietnam of Friday and Singapore on Sunday.