After routing India 4-1 on hardcourts back home in Namangan last year, Uzbekistan are now confident of a victory on grasscourts too.
Uzbekistan open their Asian Zone third round qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ with an away fixture against Lebanon on 6 February, and the Central Asians will be out for redemption in Beirut. The Uzbeks’ last appearance in the city was one to forget. It came in the AFC Asian Cup Lebanon 2000 and ended in the former Soviet republic suffering their heaviest defeat since gaining independence.
Japan and Poland cruised to the final of the 7th international Friendship tournament for youth teams being held in Qatar until 30 January 2008.
Four teams will vie in the semifinals of the 7th Under-19 International Friendship Tournament taking place at the Grand Hamad Stadium of Al Arabi SC on Monday.
Pakhtakor failed in their attempt to successfully defend their Commonwealth of Independent States Cup title after the Uzbek giants were edged 4-3 by Khazar Lankaran in the 2008 final on Sunday.
Pakhtakor Tashkent defeated Kaunus of Lithuania to reach final of CIS Cup in Saint Petersburg on Friday, 25 January. The Uzbek club will face Hazar-Lenkoran of Azerbaijan in final match on Sunday.
Uzbekistan and China have qualified for semi - final phase of the 7th International Friendship Tournament for youth teams - group A which is taking place in Doha.
Defending champions Pakhtakor advanced to the semi-finals of the 2008 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup on Tuesday following a 7-6 penalty shootout win over FK Ventspils, the Latvian side they defeated on penalties to win last year’s final.
Pakhtakor Tashkent defeated Ventspils of Latvia in penalty shoot-outs to book place in semi-finals of CIS Cup-2008. As earlier reported, the teams faced each other in final match of CIS Cup in 2007 and Uzbek champions won that match on penalty shoot-outs.