Tashkent: When Timur Kapadze leads Uzbekistan out for the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 final on Sunday, he will have a wealth of experience to fall back on.
Extremely successful as a player, Kapadze's influence on the Uzbekistan squad cannot be denied as the former international has brought the best out of captain Jasurbek Jaloliddinov and his teammates over the course of the continental showpiece.
Never once during the tournament have Uzbekistan bowed their heads as they overcome tough odds to move within one match of becoming the first nation to lift the AFC U23 Asian Cup trophy twice and this is largely due to the spirit Kapadze has inculcated in the squad.
Tashkent: Head coach Timur Kapadze was beaming from ear to ear after Uzbekistan defeated Japan 2-0 to set up a date with Saudi Arabia in the final of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022.
Uzbekistan were worthy winners as goals by Jasurbek Jaloliddinov and Husain Norchaev at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Wednesday took them within one match of becoming the first team to win the AFC U23 Asian Cup title for a second time.
Tashkent: Head coach Al Shehri believes Saudi Arabia have found the key for success following their 2-0 win over Australia in the semi-finals of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Wednesday.
Goals from Hussain Al Eisa and Ayman Yahya took Saudi Arabia within touching distance of winning the AFC U23 Asian Cup crown for the first time.
Impressively, Saudi Arabia won all their matches en route to reaching the final without conceding a goal and Al Shehri revealed that their success is due to their ability to adapt to different situations in matches.
Tashkent: Japan and Australia will not be lacking motivation when they face-off in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Third Place Playoff on Saturday.
Australia finished third in Thailand 2020, their best-ever finish in the tournament, and while head coach Trevor Morgan expects a tough fight from 2016 champions Japan, his aim is to equal their record of two years ago.