LAHORE The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has decided to grant Irans request to host the 36th AFC U19 Championship (Group-D) from December 8-16. The competition was originally scheduled for Lahore in Pakistan. However, the AFC decided to look for another host because of security concerns in the South Asian country. The Iran Football Federation subsequent applied to host the tournament and was successful in its bid. On opening day, Iran will take on Lebanon (2 PM), followed by Pakistan-Turkmenistan clash (4.30 PM). The fifth team of the event is Uzbekistan. The top two teams and best third-placed team from the West will join the 13 teams who have already qualified for next years finals. Pakistan has a strong tradition of sports and football is emerging to be one of the countrys passions. PFF President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat pledged to continue his drive towards modern football with emphasis on youth development, said PFF General Secretary Lt. Col (r) Ahmed Khan Yar Lodhi. It was to held on Pakistani soil after a lapse of 23 years, but AFC were not satisfied with situation of Pakistan and moved the event away from Punjab Stadium to Takhti Stadium. The last being 25th edition at Quetta in 1986 when Pakistan played against India, Nepal in three-nation tourney at Ayub Stadium, added Lodhi Also Chairman AFC Disciplinary Committee, Faisal Saleh Hayat has asked Operation Wing and coaching staff - Gohar Zaman (Allied Bank Limited), Tanveer Ahmed (WAPDA) and Zahid Taj (NBP) - to prepare the teams on modern lines and techniques as Technical Study Group (TSG) picked talented players from 20th National U19 Championship. AFC has also re-opened the bidding process to host the final phase of same event. A key condition for the host Member Association is that its U-19 team must have qualified for the finals. The successful bidder must also satisfy other conditions, including having two fully furnished stadiums that adhere to AFC regulations, a minimum of four international-standard training fields and be willing to pay the costs of various other organisational expenses. So far, 13 countries Jordan, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, North Korea, Vietnam have taken their places in the finals. The AFC U19 show - which is held every two years - also acts as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA U20 World Cup at which the Asia is given four berths. It is the world championship for players under the age of 20 organized by FIFA.