So, the AFC has decided to launch a tournament for the emerging national teams of Asia. They are expecting 19 entries for the competition, to be played next year in a single country, and the AFC will pay for all expenses. The list of countries are as follows (the 17 emerging nations as classified by AFC, plus India and Bangladesh) Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Guam, India, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macao, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste I believe that Tajikistan are the strongest team here. Other teams with a chance of winning are Palestine, Kyrgyzstan and maybe India. I am surprised that AFC does not class Maldives as an emerging nation Any views on this tournament? I think it will give these countries much-needed match practice and can only be a good thing.