Uzbekistan’s national team on Wednesday began their final Asian Cup preparations in Dubai, just over three weeks before they open the tournament against North Korea.
Coach Mirjalol Kasimov called 26 players to his squad following last week’s initial camp, also in Dubai, during which the Central Asian titans drew 0-0 with Auckland City and beat fellow Asian Cup entrants Palestine 1-0.
The White Wolves will face Jordan on December 21st before playing Iraq on December 25th and 28th. They will be based in Melbourne beginning on January 3rd.
“In this period of training camp and tune-up games, we’re going to have to figure out what’s going to work best for us,” Kasimov told Championat.asia. “When you add new guys, some things are going to look different.
“We wanted to play against Kuwait, but they changed their coach after the Gulf Cup and changed their plans,” Now in UAE Pro League is underway. Thereway we couldn’t find opponent to play.”
“Some players in the first training camp weren’t able to prove themselves; we’ll keep an eye on them but we can’t use them now. They need to adapt to the national team atmosphere.”
Kasimov further elaborated that national team regulars Azizbek Haydarov, Odil Ahmedov, Bahodir Nasimov, Sanzhar Tursunov, and Vitaliy Denisov, who did not take part in the first camp, had joined up with the squad for the second camp.