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Komilov, Gadoev bolster AGMK’s AFC Champions League push, Shukurov joins Neman

Almalyk: AGMK’s bid to qualify for the 2021 AFC Champions League has been boosted by the arrival of Uzbekistan internationals Akramjon Komilov and Shohrukh Gadoev.

The duo link up with the Uzbekistan Cup runners-up ahead of their AFC Champions League play-off against Qatar’s Al Gharafa, with the winners to join Al Hilal SFC, Shabab Al Ahli and FC Istiklol in Group A.

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Komilov, 24, arrives at the club on loan with plenty of experience in Asia’s premier competition.

He appeared four times as a substitute for parent club FC Pakhtakor in the 2020 edition of the competition, having made 13 starts for Bunyodkor in the 2016 and 2017 iterations.

With the left-back position in Pakhtakor’s first team often held by Farrukh Sayfiev, Komilov will look to make the role his own at AGMK, who challenged Pakhtakor at the top of the table for much of the 2020 Uzbekistan Super League campaign before stalling late in the season to finish third.

Komilov has appeared eight times for Uzbekistan’s senior national team, with his last on-field appearance coming in 2019. He was also part of the Uzbek squad which won the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China PR.

Thirteen-cap midfielder Gadoev, 29, hasn’t featured for the White Wolves since the qualifying rounds of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, but brings the benefit of overseas experience with clubs in Korea Republic, Bahrain and, most recently, Azerbaijan.

Should AGMK lose their play-off against Al Gharafa, they will feature in Group F of the AFC Cup.

Also, on Tuesday, talented midfielder Alimardon Shukurov became the third Kyrgyz Republic in the space of a week to seal a move abroad, inking a three-year deal with Belarusian Premier League outfit FC Neman Grodno.

The 21-year-old, who previously played for Turkish side FC Boluspor, has represented the Akshumkar five times, scoring twice against Myanmar in a November 2019 Asian Qualifiers fixture in Bishkek.

Neman has been a regular home for Kyrgyz youngsters in recent years. Gulzhigit Alykulov starred for the club before his move to Kazakh champions Kairat, while Emir Shigaibaev remains on the books in Grodno.

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