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Muhadov appointed Turkmenistan head coach ahead of Asian Qualifiers

Ashgabat: Rovshen Muhadov is new head coach of the Turkmenistan national team, returning to the role he held more than two decades prior.

Muhadov’s first competitive matches in charge will likely come in June, when Turkmenistan continues their bid to top Group H in the current stage of Asian Qualifiers for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

The 59-year-old was appointed by following a decision by the Turkmenistan Football Federation Executive Committee, which met on Friday to confirm a new boss ahead of June’s Asian Qualifiers fixtures.

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A former striker for Kopetdag Ashgabat and FC Pakhtakor among others, Muhadov was previously in charge of the national team for a year from 1999 to 2000, before taking up roles overseeing Turkmenistan’s youth teams,

At various stages Muhadov led the U-19 and U-23 national teams, before taking the reins at FC Ahal in 2010. He was also part of the Turkmenistan coaching staff at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in UAE.

Muhadov’s appointment comes following the departure of Croatian Ante Miše, whose contract expired in March 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic preventing the team from participating in any international matches since.

Under Miše, Turkmenistan rose to the top of Asian Qualifiers Group H with nine points, one ahead Korea Republic, Lebanon and DPR Korea.

Korea Republic, who hold a game in hand on their group rivals, will host the remaining fixtures in the section in June, with Turkmenistan to meet the group hosts in Muhadov’s likely competitive debut on June 3.

Photo: Football Federation of Turkmenistan

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