| DILI (25 Sept 2009) – Barely a day after holding giants China to a scoreless draw, minnows East Timor cruised past Hong Kong 3-0 in Group F of the AFC Under-16 qualifiers.
The Asean member nation are on the same four points with China off a win and a draw with Singapore at the top of the table with two wins out of two.
The Singaporean side scored a 4-0 win over Macau and then 3-1 over Guam at the NFTC Stadium with Raushyan Mazal scoring a hat-trick.
Against Hong Kong, the Timorese picked up from where they left off with some determined defending before taking the lead in the 40th minute off Nicolau Baptista.
Efrem Jeronimo then grabbed a brace with goals in the 57th and 86th minute for Timor’s first full points of the competition.
Timor Leste’s next match will be against Singapore.
There are seven six-team groups and one three-team group involved in the qualification process.
The winner and runner-up of each of the seven six-team groups as well as the best third-place side overall will advance to the finals along with the country that emerges victorious from the trio contesting Group H, namely Australia, Laos and Malaysia.
AFC U-16 CHAMPIONSHIP 2010 – QUALIFYING GROUPS
Group A: Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan.
Group B: Iran, Bahrain, Lebanon, Nepal, Tajikistan, Maldives.
Group C: Syria, Yemen, Qatar, Palestine, Iraq, Bhutan.
Group D: UAE, India, Turkmenistan, Oman, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan.
Group E: Japan, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei, Bangladesh, Philippines.
Group F: China, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong, Macau, Timor Leste.
Group G: Korea Republic, Thailand, Vietnam, DPR Korea, Cambodia, Myanmar.
Group H: Australia, Malaysia, Laos.