Monday, April 10, 2006

They think it's all over....it is now

AFC Challenge Cup Update No.2:

Well, the boys did good. Facing strong opposition from the Palestine side, Kyrgyzstan edged into the semis of the AFC Challenge Cup in Bangladesh with a last minute winner from Ruslan Djamshidov. Keeping a blank sheet against a team who thrashed Guam 11-0 is quite a feat! And now they get to face either Bangladesh or Tajikistan in the semi-final. I'm a bit divided on this one: Bangladesh are the host nation, so it will at least guarantee some kind of crowd (I'm assuming, though probably not of Maracana proportions); on the other hand, Tajikistan are their local rivals, so racking up a victory against them would do some good for the ole Central Asian pride.

What I'm particularly enjoying about this tournament - apart from its utter willful obscurity - are the match reports from the newspapers in the region. Reading both
this and this one, they seem to belong to a slightly different era where goalkeepers are called 'custodians' and scoring two goals is invariably described as a 'brace'. There's something very charming about it.

Anyhow, after this tournament is over, I feel the urge to construct a website dedicated to the Kyrgyzstan national football team. But only if they win...that is the deal.

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