Tashkent: Singled out as an exemplary leader by head coach Trevor Morgan, Australia U23 captain Tyrese Francois is determined to take his career to the next level by earning a call-up to the senior national team.
Francois was a model of consistency throughout Australia’s AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 campaign and the midfielder is hoping his progression may just catch the eye of Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold.
Tashkent: Uzbekistan head coach Timur Kapadze and his Saudi Arabia counterpart Saad Al Shehri expect nothing less than an intense battle when their teams face off in the AFC U23 Asian™ Uzbekistan 2022 final on Sunday.
Uzbekistan are on the verge of becoming the first team to lift the continental trophy for a second time while Saudi Arabia are bidding to win it for the first time after twice finishing runners-up, setting the stage for a classic at the Bunyodkor Stadium.
Tashkent: Individual glory will not be on Jasurbek Jaloliddinov's mind when he leads his Uzbekistan teammates out for the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 final against Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
The talented midfielder is in the running for the Golden Boot award with three goals to his name but the 20-year-old said that will not be a factor as all he wants is for Uzbekistan to win the title at the Bunyodkor Stadium.
Tashkent: It should come as no surprise that Saad Al Shehri has steered Saudi Arabia into their second successive AFC U23 Asian Cup™ final.
The 42-year-old has, after all, made it his career to mould age-group players into winners.
While he played his professional career as a midfielder with several clubs and was a member of the Saudi Arabia U20 squad that played in the 1999 FIFA World Youth Cup, transitioning into a coach has seen Al Shehri fulfil his true potential.
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.