Uzbekistan coach Mirjalol Kasimov on Sunday night promised a victory against South Korea in his team’s upcoming 2015 Asian Cup quarter final.
The White Wolves advanced to the tournament’s knockout stage after a resounding 3-1 win over West Asian representatives Saudi Arabia in Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
“[Today] was one of our greatest [victories] in my opinion, but it was great because of our players,” Kasimov said after the match. “They put all of their power onto the pitch and I’m very happy with them.”
The 44-year-old former midfielder was asked by Uzbek media whether he could promise a victory over South Korea, whose victory over the Central Asian side in Tashkent played a large part in preventing them from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
“We promise it and we want it,” Kasimov replied. “Of course we always think about that loss against Korea and our players will do their best.”
The coach had strong criticism for Saudi Arabia, who earned a second-half penalty kick only to surrender two goals soon after.
“I thought that Saudi players kept calling for a penalty every time,” he elaborated. It might have been the mistake of the referee but I don’t know.
“[Saudi players] dived many times, and [Australian referee Ben Williams] should have given them a yellow card for simulation.”
Uzbekistan will return to Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Thursday, January 22 for their clash with the Taeguk Warriors.