12.04.2016 14:02 h

Banned Indonesia eyes hosting 2023 Asian Cup

Indonesia has thrown its hat into the ring to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said Tuesday, despite the country being under a FIFA ban.

The AFC Competitions Committee also received expressions of interest from China, South Korea and Thailand.

AFC in a statement said following the interest by the four Asian countries who met the March 31 deadline, they will now have to provide government guarantees to host the AFC Asian Cup.

Indonesia was suspended from international football in May after the government attempted to replace the country's football association.

Meanwhile a new AFC international competition, to replace the AFC Challenge Cup that was scrapped in 2014 for the continent's lowest-ranked teams, will be introduced.

Nepal, Brunei, Macau, Mongolia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as two further teams yet to be named will participate in the 14-day tournament.

The tournament will also include coaching, refereeing, technical and event management education courses.