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Krestinin calls on familiar faces for Tajikistan build-up

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bishkek: Kyrgyz Republic head coach Aleksandr Krestinin is certain to be well-acquainted with his next squad after calling up 14 players from club side FC Dordoi for the national team camp ahead of next month’s Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 clash with Tajikistan.

Fans of Dordoi, also coached by Krestinin, are likely to feel a sense of familiarity when the Akshumkar meet Tajikistan in Dushanbe next month, with more than half of the 27-strong contingent provided by the Bishkek-based club.

FC Ilbirs, Abdish-Ata Kant and current league leaders FC Alay Osh are the other domestic clubs to provide players for the extended squad, with a further eight plying their trade overseas.

The players will gather in Bishkek on September 1, with the final squad to be cut to 23 ahead of their opening Asian Qualifiers fixture against neighbouring Tajikistan four days later.

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While defensive lynchpin Valery Kichin is absent, most of Kyrgyz Republic’s regulars have been named, including German-based AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 hero Vitalij Lux and midfielder Edgar Bernhardt, who returns to the national team fresh from winning Malaysia’s FA Cup with Kedah.

In-form Tursunali Rustamov is rewarded for his fine performances with Tajikistan’s FC Khujand, while 21-year-old forward Ernist Batyrkanov retains his place in the national squad after netting eight goals in 11 league matches for Dordoi in their 2019 campaign.

Another promising youngster, 18-year-old Gulzhigit Alyukolov, is set to appear in his first competitive international after impressing for Neman Grodno in his first season of Belarusian top-flight football.

Meanwhile, promising 22-year-old goalkeeper Kutman Kadyrbekov returns to the Akshumkar camp having undergone heart surgery in April.

Kyrgyz Republic’s match with Tajikistan is the first of 10 Asian Qualifiers fixtures for the Central Asian nation, with Japan, Myanmar and Mongolia also featuring in Group F.

Тренерский штаб @ak_shumkar во главе с Александром Крестининым назвал расширенный состав команды из 27 футболистов, которые могут быть вызваны для подготовки к предстоящему матчу против сборной Таджикистана, в рамках отборочного раунда Чемпионата Мира 2022 и Кубка Азии 2023

— FFKR (@_FFKR) August 16, 2019

Goalkeepers: Kalysbek Akimaliev (Abidsh-Ata), Kutman Kadyrbekov (FC Dordoi), Valerii Kashuba (FC Dordoi), Pavel Matiash (FC Dordoi)

Defenders: Aizar Akmatov (FC Dordoi), Azamat Baimatov (FC Dordoi), Andrei Dolzhenko (FC Ilbrirs), Tamirlan Kozubaev (PKNS, Malaysia), Alexander Mischenko (FC Dordoi), Avazbek Otkeev (FC Dordoi), Mustafa Iusupov (FC Dordoi)

Midfielders: Odiljon Abdurakhmanov (FC Alay Osh), Gulzhigit Alyukolv (Neman Grodno, Belarus), Murlomizhon Akhmedov (FC Dordoi), Edgar Bernhardt (Kedah FA, Malaysia), Baktiyar Duishobekov (Bashundhara Kings, Bangladesh), Kairat Zhrygalbek Uluu (FC Dordoi), Akhlidin Israilov (unattached), Farkhat Musabekov (FC Dordoi), Tursunali Rustamov (FC Khujand, Tajikistan), Bekzhan Sagynbaev (FC Dordoi), Aziz Sydykov (FC Dordoi), Alimardon Shukurov (Boluspor, Turkey)

Forwards: Ernist Batyrkanov (FC Dordoi), Abai Bokoleev (FC Ilbirs), Vitalij Lux (SSV Ulm 1846, Germany), Mirlan Murzaev (Dogan Turk Birligi, Northern Cyprus)

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