The AFC seems to have a good idea in bringing together 17 emerging nations for the first edition of the AFC Challenge Cup in 2006. They have divided their 45 member nations into 3 groups. The top 14 are classed as developed associations. Bahrain China Indonesia Iran Iraq Japan Kuwait Qatar Saudi Arabia South Korea Thailand United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Vietnam The next 14 are classed as developing associations. Bangladesh Hong Kong India Jordan Lebanon Malaysia Maldives Myanmar North Korea Oman Singapore Syria Turkmenistan Yemen The last 17 are classed as emerging associations, who need time to develop their football. These are the teams who will participate in this new competition. The nations that have been selected to compete in the AFC Challenge Cup are Afghanistan Bhutan Brunei Cambodia East Timor Guam Kyrgyzstan Laos Macao Mongolia Nepal Pakistan Palestine Philippines Sri Lanka Taiwan Tajikistan I reckon that Tajikistan will prove too strong for the rest of the competition, and will face either Palestine or Kyrgyzstan in the final.