Po-Liang plays for Chinese Taipei in a 2008 Olympic qualifier
Chen Po-Liang believes Chinese Taipei can upset three of Southeast Asia’s veteran sides in joint qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup.
The East Asian minnows, who qualified for the second-round after eliminating Brunei, were drawn into Group F along with Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and 2007 Asian Cup champions Iraq.
Although the Hangzhou Greentown midfielder is aware that his team will be heavy underdogs, he has high hopes that the 1960 and 1968 Asian Cup semi-finalists can defy the odds.
“It is not a bad group for us because the gap that exists in class between us and the other teams should not be that big,” the team captain told FIFA.
“Iraq are much-better than us but the other three teams [Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia] are not that strong. We have chances of drawing against them or even surprising them with a win.
“Our first-round campaign against Brunei provided us with lessons. We lost at home and had to leave it late to progress, so we should be better prepared this time,” he added.
Chinese Taipei will start their campaign to Russia when they host Indonesia at Taipei Municipal Stadium on June 11.