Amman: The AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 kicked off in style today in Jordan’s capital Amman in front of a sold-out stadium.
As part of the opening ceremony, the spectators at the sold-out Amman International Stadium were treated to a live performance of the official song of the tournament, ‘Cheer for Her’, performed by Jordanian stars Nidaa Sharara and Hana Malhas.
The lyrics of the official song are in Arabic and English. Last year’s The Voice Arabia winner Nidaa Sharara composed the song and wrote the Arabic words and Hana Malhas is behind the English lyrics. ‘Cheer for Her’ was produced by Hani Assadi/Hani Studios.
The impressive opening ceremony of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 featured several groups of performers, including Tron Dancers from Lebanon managed by Elie Suleiman, Armed Forces Musicals and Jordan’s National Centre for Performing Arts led by Rania Qamhawi.
The live performance was led by Mohanned Aljabi and Shiraz Band. The striking sound and light show was designed and performed by Shaheen Brothers and the fireworks display by Five Stars.
The opening ceremony took place ahead of hosts Jordan’s match against Philippines, which the Southeast Asian side won 2-1. The first match of the day between China PR and Thailand finished 4-0.
Matchday Two on Saturday will see the first matches in Group B, with title-holders Japan meeting Vietnam at 16:45 and Australia facing Korea Republic at 20:00, both local time, and both played at King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman.
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 is the first time the competition is organised in West Asia.
The participating teams, Australia, China PR, Japan, Jordan, Korea Republic, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are competing for the title of AFC Women's Asian Cup champions and five teams will also secure a place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup is the world’s oldest women’s national team competition and this is its 19th edition. The competition was first held in 1975.