Pakhtakor contingent will be raring to take on IR Iran, says Uzbekistan’s Abramov
Tashkent: It may only be a friendly, but Vadim Abramov believes the Pakhtakor players in his Uzbekistan squad will be determined to defeat Islamic Republic of Iran when the two teams meet in an international friendly on Thursday.
The Uzbekistan squad features 11 players from Pakhtakor, the Tashkent club which exited the 2020 AFC Champions League after a 2-0 quarter-final defeat by Iranian champions Persepolis FC in Qatar last week.
Persepolis, who later went on to qualify for December’s continental final by beating Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, have supplied five players in the Iranian travelling party, which arrived in Tashkent on Tuesday night.
Nicosia: Jordan national team forward Musa Al Taamari has completed a move to Belgian top flight outfit Oud-Heverlee Leuven, the club announced on Monday.
This will be the 23-year-old winger's second stint in Europe after playing two seasons in Cyprus with APOEL, where he assisted the club to the 2018-2019 Cypriot League and 2019 Super Cup.
Al Taamari started his career in Jordan with Shabab Al Ordon in 2016 and made his international debut the same year, featuring in three matches in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 and scoring against Syria in the group stage.
Teams, players raring to go as I-League Qualifier gets set for kickoff
Kolkata: With India's I-League 2020-21 Qualifier set to kick off on Thursday, the five teams in the fray for the single available slot are putting in the final touches.
The I-League Qualifier - the first sporting event in India since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic - will feature ARA FC from Gujarat, Kolkata's Bhawanipore FC, Garhwal FC of New Delhi, FC Bengaluru United of Bengaluru and Kolkata's Mohammedan SC.
The five teams set up base in the centralised venue of Kolkata several days ago as part of the safety measures require those involved to undergo a four-day isolation period.