Friday, April 07, 2006

Clash of the Central Asian Titans

Yes, I know a lot of you are waiting for the World Cup in Germany in a couple of months, but until then maybe the AFC Challenge in Bangladesh will whet your appetite for the festival of football to come. And I know many of you were eagerly awaiting the result of the Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan derby. Well, it seems that Kyrgyzstan sneaked a win, admittedly against an understrength Tajik side. You can read all the gory details here.

Still, Kyrgyzstan can't really rest on their laurels. They have to face the mighty Macau next, and need a win if they’re going to progress to the quarter finals. And even if they manage that, they could face Nepal, Sri Lanka or Tajikistan (again, groan!) in the last eight. I’ll keep you updated.

Oh, in the match report for the Nepal game, there’s my favourite football phrase of the week: ‘the boys from the Himalayas’. Now, that’s something you won’t hear during the World Cup, and I believe the competition will be poorer because of it…


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