Al Hilal have received a lift ahead of their crucial Group B showdown against Pakhtakor with Yasser Al Qahtani, Mohammed Al Shlhoub and Tareq El Taib back in training after recovering from injuries.
Neftchi continued their fine unbeaten run in the Uzbekistan League with a 2-1 win over Metallurg in the sixth round recently.
Uzbekistan finished the third in the Fed Cup zonal qualification women’s team tennis tournament after beating India 3-0 in the play-offs on Saturday.
Japan, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia posted wins on Match Day 4 of the second round qualifying for the Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008 on Wednesday and secured their berths in the final round which will kick off in August.
Korea Republic have slipped out of the top-50 in the latest FIFA World Ranking for the month of April released on Wednesday.
New WBA World Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev arrived in Tashkent, Uzbek capital city, on Thursday, 19 April.
Uzbekistan Fed Cup team defeated Thailand to clinch top spot in Group A of Asia/Oceania Zone Group I on 19 April.
UAE revived hopes of qualifying for the second round of the Qlympic qualifiers by beating Yemen 2-0 at Sharjah Stadium last night.