Coach Mohammed Kwid will be hoping for an outcome similar to Al Karama’s final group game of last year’s AFC Champions League when they face Neftchi in their Group C showdown at the Khaled Ibn Al Waleed stadium on Wednesday night.
Neftchi reclaimed the lead in the Uzbekistan League after thrashing Samarkand 3-1 while Pakhtakor slipped to second after being held to a 1-1 draw by Kuruvchi Tashkent in the 10th round recently.
Uzbekistan has claimed a worthy consolation for their efforts in Japan these Championships, defeating Kyrgyzstan 5-3 in the playoff for third place at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium today.
It wasn’t quite as effortless as some had anticipated, but Iran have once again emphasised their class with a comfortable 7-3 semi final win over Uzbekistan to earn themselves a shot at reclaiming the AFC Futsal Championship title.
Uzbekistan have qualified for their fourth consecutive AFC Futsal Championship semi-final after defeating Tajikistan 3-1 in a listless quarter-final at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium in Osaja, Japan, on Thursday.
Two-time AFC Futsal Championship finalists Uzbekistan have kept their hopes alive of making it to the knock-out stage with a 4-0 win over Kuwait while Thailand inched closer to the last eight phase beating Iraq 7-4 at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium here on Monday.
Neftchi were held to a scoreless draw by Kyzylkum and the dropping of points allowed defending champions Pakhtakor to go top on goal difference after a 2-1 defeat of Tupalang in the Uzbekistan League recently.
The UAE National Olympic team will start training today at 5pm at the Rashid stadium in the Al Ahli Club to finetune their final preparations for the crucial match against Uzbekistan on Wednesday in the Asian Olympic qualifiers (Group F).