Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in Alma TV Cup

Uzbekistan will start preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2007 by participating in the four-nation Alma TV Cup in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, next month. Coach Rauf Inileev has called up 25 players for the 7-11 March tournament in which the Uzbeks face Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and hosts Kazhakstan. Inileev has named 11 Pakhtakor and six overseas players in the squad including 23-year-old midfielder Ilyas Zeytulaev who recently moved from Italian Seria B Genoa to Vicenza.