Thursday, July 06, 2006

European 'stan takes on Central Asian neighbours

UEFA member Kazakhstan has overwhelmed its Asian Football Confederation neighbours Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in recent Central Asian friendlies. AFC Challenge Cup semi-finalists Kyrgyzstan went down 1-0 to Kazakhstan in Almaty on 5 July, the first match between the two teams since 1994. “We fielded an experimental squad today with three under-20 players," Kyrgyzstan coach Boris Podkorytov told AFCMedia. “I’m satisfied with our performance, but not result." Kazakhstan thrashed Tajikistan 4-1 three days earlier.

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