Toshev settles on Tajikistan squad ahead of key matches
Dushanbe: Tajikistan’s squad has been named ahead of this month’s journeys to Myanmar and Kyrgyz Republic for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers matches.
No less than 10 players from domestic champions FC Istiklol feature in head coach Usmon Toshev’s travelling party, which will also meet Malaysia in a friendly on Saturday ahead of their competitive fixtures on November 14 and 19.
In addition to the legion of talent from the league champions - who finished 15 points clear in the title race despite losing their final match 3-2 to CSKA Pamir on Monday – seven players have been called up from overseas clubs.
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That figure includes Jahongir Ergashev, who was unveiled as a new signing for Bangladesh’s Saif Sporting Club on Sunday, having scored three goals for FC Khujand in the 2019 AFC Cup.
Another overseas-based player to earn selection is defender Farkhod Vosiev, who will be targeting a first national team appearance since 2016 after featuring regularly for FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, who currently occupy fifth place in the Russian second-tier.
Vosiev may bring a particular sense of optimism to Tajikistan’s clash with Kyrgyz Republic on November 19, having scored his one and only international goal against the Akshumkar at Bishkek’s Dolen Omurzakov Stadium when the sides played out a 2-2 draw in 2015.
УСМОН ТОШЕВ НАЗВАЛ ИГРОКОВ, ВЫЗВАННЫХ В СБОРНУЮ ТАДЖИКИСТАНА НА НОЯБРЬСКИЕ МАТЧИ— Tajikistan Football (@fft_official) November 4, 2019
Главный тренер сборной Таджикистана Усмон Тошев назвал состав команды на ноябрьские матчи против сборных Малайзии (9 ноября), Мьянмы (14 ноября) и Кыргызстана (19 ноября).https://t.co/hPGV3oHt9m pic.twitter.com/AIBcy3unDI
Tajikistan have never qualified for a FIFA World Cup or AFC Asian Cup but they began their Asian Qualifiers campaign with back to back 1-0 wins over Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia, before a 3-0 home defeat to group leaders Japan last month brought them back to the pack in Group F.
Also of interest in November’s fixtures is Manuchehr Dzhalilov’s ongoing hunt for a 16th national team goal, with the 29-year-old to become the country’s standalone all-time top scorer at if he ends his two-year international goal-drought in the coming matches.
Goalkeepers: Rustam Yatimov, Shokhrukh Qirghizboev, Fathullo Boboev.
Defenders: Khurshed Beknazarov, Farkhod Vosiev, Akhtam Nazarov, Iskandar Dzhalilov, Tabrezi Davlatmir, Davronjon Ergashev, Manucher Safarov.
Midfielders: Parvizjon Umarboev, Nuriddin Davronov, Amirbek Juraboev, Fathullo Fathulloev, Alisher Dzhalilov, Ehsoni Panshanbe, Muhammadjon Rahimov, Komron Tursunov, Karomatullo Saidov.
Forwards: Jahongir Ergashev, Sheriddin Boboev, Shahrom Samiev, Manuchehr Dzhalilov
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