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Central Asia Domestic Wrap: Kopetdag lead the way, key dates set in Tajikistan


Monday, March 23, 2020
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Bishkek: While world football is at a virtual standstill, the game goes on in two Central Asian nations as Turkmenistan and Tajikistan’s competitions continue uninterrupted.


In Turkmenistan, FC Kopetdag are the surprise early league leaders, with the key dates for the Tajikistan season’s official kick-off announced, while FC Istaravshan were crowned Tajikistan Football League Cup winners.

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Turkmenistan: Kopetdag the early pacesetters

One of the only leagues in the world to have completed multiple rounds of fixtures in recent weeks, Turkmenistan’s Yokary Liga continued, with FC Kopetdag emerging as the early frontrunners.

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Ýokary Liga 3-nji tapgyryň duşuşygy: . “Köpetdag” – “Nebitçi” – 1:0 . . #köpetdag #kopetdag #kopetdagfk #köpetdagfk #aşgabat #nebitçi #nebitci #nebitçifk #nebitdag #balkan #balkanabat #krasnawodsk #yokaryliga #turkmenfootballleage #turkmenistanfutbol .

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Fourth place finishers in last year’s campaign, the Ashgabat-based side is top of the pile with seven points from three matches, with a 30th minute goal from Yazgylych Gurbanov guiding them to a 1-0 win over Nebitçi in their most recent match on Friday.

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Ýokary Liga çempionatyň tablisasy: . Geçirilmeli duşuşyk (I tapgyryň wagty süýşürilen duşuşygy:) 20-nji mart (anna) “Altyn Asyr” – “Merw” . . #köpetdag #ahal #merw #aşgabat #nebitçi #şagadam #altynasyr #energetik #yokaryliga #turkmenistan #balkan #ahal #mary #lebap #daşoguz #nebitdag #krasnavodsk #awaza #gumdag #turkmensahra #wekilbazar #bayramaly #carjew #konurgenç #ashgabat #ashgabatcity #2020 #instagram

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Kopetdag sit one point ahead of FC Ahal – who hold a game in hand – and three clear of Altyn Asyr FC, after the defending champions powered to a 2-0 win against Merw on Friday thanks to goals from Turkmenistan internationals Mihail Titov and Altymurad Annadurdyev.

Turkmenistan also crowned a women’s futsal champion over the weekend, with Ashgabat winning all six matches to edge out Talyp Sport, with Maria Charieva scoring a remarkable 21 goals to finish as the top scorer.


Tajikistan: Key dates set as kick-off nears

Tajikistan’s leading clubs, FC Istiklol and FC Khujand, will continue their ongoing rivalry in the curtain-raising Tajikistan Super Cup, to be held on April 4 – one day before the nation’s top-flight league commences.

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МАТЧ ЗА СУПЕРКУБОК ТАДЖИКИСТАНА-2020 СОСТОИТСЯ 4 АПРЕЛЯ В ДУШАНБЕ Матч за Суперкубок Таджикистана-2020, в котором встретятся действующий чемпион и обладатель Национального Кубка «Истиклол» и серебряный призер чемпионата Таджикистана прошлого сезона «Худжанд», состоится 4 апреля. Встреча пройдет на Центральном республиканском стадионе Душанбе и начнется в 17:00 часов. Это будет одиннадцатый по счету розыгрыш Суперкубка Таджикистана. Отметим, что Суперкубок Таджикистана разыгрывается с 2010 года. Восьмикратным обладателем Суперкубка страны является душанбинский «Истиклол», который в 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 и 2019 годах завоевывал трофей. В 2013 году Суперкубок Таджикистана достался кулябскому «Равшану», который на своем поле переиграл турсунзадевский «Регар-ТадАЗ» (2:1). А в 2017 году почетный трофей выиграл фархорский «Хосилот», который в Гиссаре взял верх над «Истиклолом» (2:1). Суперкубок Таджикистана-2020 4 апреля (суббота) Начало – в 17:00 часов «Истиклол» – «Худжанд» Душанбе, Центральный республиканский стадион Все матчи за Суперкубок Таджикистана (2010-2019): 2010 – «Вахш» (Курган-Тюбе) – «Истиклол» (Душанбе) – 0:2 2011 – «Истиклол» (Душанбе) – «Регар-ТадАЗ» (Турсунзаде) – 1:0 2012 – «Истиклол» (Душанбе) – «Регар-ТадАЗ» (Турсунзаде) – 2:1 2013 – «Равшан» (Куляб) – «Регар-ТадАЗ» (Турсунзаде) – 2:1 2014 – «Равшан» (Куляб) – «Истиклол» (Душанбе) – 0:5 2015 – «Истиклол» (Душанбе) – «Хайр» (Вахдат) – 2:2. По пенальти – 4:3 2016 – «Истиклол» (Душанбе) – «Худжанд» (Худжанд) – 3:2 2017 – «Истиклол» (Душанбе) – «Хосилот» (Фархор) – 1:2 2018 – «Истиклол» (Душанбе) – «Худжанд» (Худжанд) – 3:2 2019 – «Истиклол» (Душанбе) – «Худжанд» (Худжанд) – 3:0 #TajikistanSupercup

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Istiklol and Khujand will go head to head once again at Dushanbe’s Republican Central Stadium, the same venue where a Manuchehr Dzhalilov double powered Istiklol to a 2-0 win in the AFC Cup less than two weeks ago.

The Tajik League begins with three matches on April 5, while Istiklol and Khujand will start their campaigns against Dushanbe-83 and CSKA Dushanbe respectively on April 8.

Earlier in the week, Istaravshan claimed some pre-season silverware by winning the Tajikistan Football League Cup with a 2-1 win over CSKA at Bakhoriston Stadium on Wednesday.

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👏 FC Istaravshan defeated CSKA Dushanbe to win the 2020 Tajikistan Football League Cup. __________________________________________________ . «Истаравшан» победил ЦСКА и выиграл Кубок Футбольной лиги Таджикистана - 2020. Не забудьте подписаться на @theafchub_ru в Telegram и @theafcdotcom в VKontakte для новостей азиатского футбола на русском языке. . 📸: @fft_official

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Zufar Akbaraliev and Ilkhomjon Baratov scored the all-important goals for Istaravshan, while Dushanbe-83 finished third with a 1-1 win over Kuktosh.


Uzbekistan: Yakhshiboev stars on dream debut

While all domestic football activities have been postponed in Uzbekistan, Jasurbek Yahshiboev produced the feel-good story of the week, producing a stunning debut in the Belarusian Premier League, which kicked off on Thursday.

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📋 🇺🇿 Jasurbek Yaxshiboyev debyut o’yinida dubl qayd etdi

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Yakhshiboev, 22, was outstanding for new club Energetik-BGU Minsk, scoring twice in a 3-1 win over European regulars BATE Borisov to announce his arrival in the league.

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👏 A dream debut for Uzbekistan's Jasurbek Yakhshiboev, who scored two goals against BATE Borisov in the opening match of the Belarusian Premier League⠀ ________________________________________⠀ Дебют мечты для узбекского футболиста Ясурбека Яхшибоева, который забил два гола в ворота БАТЭ Борисова в первом матче белорусской Премьер Лиги ⠀ Не забудьте подписаться на @theafchub_ru в Telegram и @theafcdotcom в ВКонтакте для новостей азиатского футбола на русском языке.⠀ ⠀ 📸: @energetik_minsk

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Emir Shigaibaev’s FC Neman Grodno began their campaign with a 1-0 loss to Isloch Minsk, although the Kyrgyz Republic teenager wasn’t part of the Matchday squad.


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