Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev believes that the five U-23 players that he has selected for his AFC Asian Cup squad could play a significant role in this month’s continental championship.
Poor results, a managerial merry-go-round and the loss of their very own "David Beckham" have all put pressure on Uzbekistan ahead of the Asian Cup Finals.
Uzbekistan led by Rauf Inileev recorded a victory in warm-up match against Iraq in South Korea on 2 July.
Teams from Iran, China and Uzbekistan are expected to arrive in Kuala Lumpur from Wednesday for the Asian Cup Group C matches on 7-29 July, Bernama reported.
Pakhtakor surged three clear at the top of the Uzbekistan League with a 4-0 outclassing of Lokomotiv in the 15th round of action.
Victor Karpenko of Quruvchi Tashkent will replace mid-fielder Mansur Saidov of Neftchi Ferghana in Uzbekistan squad for Asian Cup, which will be held next month.
WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov will take on WBA title holder Ruslan Chagaev in a unification bout in Moscow in October. Ibragimov, 32, won the WBO belt with a unanimous decision over American Shannon Briggs in Atlantic City earlier this month.
Ruslan Chagaev and Sultan Ibragimov will meet in the ring sometime in October to unify two parts of the heavyweight championship.