Tajik President’s Son to Oversee the National Football Team

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s oldest son, Rustam Emomali, has been appointed to supervise the national football (soccer) team ahead of the qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Cup. Tajikistan will play in the second round of qualifiers despite losing 6-1 on aggregate to Syria earlier in the year. Following the defeat, Tajikistan wrote to FIFA requesting an investigation into whether Syria’s striker George Mourad, who had played and scored in both games against Tajikistan, was eligible to play for Syria.  Mourad had previously played for Sweden’s Under-21 team in 2003 and the national team in 2005. On August 19, FIFA ruled to disqualify Syria from the 2014 World Cup and reinstate Tajikistan into the competition. Tajikistan has replaced Syria in Group C of Asia, which Tajik commentators have already dubbed ‘The Group of Death,’ qualifying along with Japan, Uzbekistan and North Korea.

Rustam’s appointment is hardly surprising given the 23-year-old’s passion for football. The Tajik leader’s son owns a football club, which won the national championship in 2010 and appears set to repeat its success this year, and has long played for the club as a striker. As Emomali Rahmon began speeding up Rustam’s political career, allegedly in a bid to prepare him to succeed his father in office, Rustam stopped playing football professionally but was appointed as Vice-President of the country’s Football Federation in late 2010. Anyways, this appointment is much less controversial than Rustam’s previous promotions as head of department in the State Committee for Investments and State Property Management, deputy chief of Youth Movement, member of Dushanbe City Legislature and, most recently, head of the Customs Service’s department to fight illegal activity (a job that comes with the rank of a major).

Rustam has already appointed Istiqlol’s coach, Alimjon Rafiqov, as acting national coach. The Tajik national team’s former manager, Pulod Qodirov, resigned in August after his team was defeated by Syria.

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5 responses to “Tajik President’s Son to Oversee the National Football Team

  1. Болельщик

    Go Tajikistan!

  2. Syrian

    Syria was disqualified wrongly. The Syrian football federation has already protested its disqualification with the FIFA and will almost certainly return to the Group C, throwing out Tajikistan which it defeated in two games. So, there is no point for Tajikistan to prepare for the games in Group C.

  3. Alexander Sodiqov

    Сборная Таджикистана в рейтинге ФИФА опустилась на 11 позиций

    Национальная сборная Таджикистана по футболу по итогам августа в рейтинге ФИФА опустилась на 11 позиций, и теперь имея 132 зачетных балла, занимает 153-е место. В июльском рейтинге наша команда находилась на 142-й позиции.

    Новая версия рейтинга была опубликована 24 августа на официальном сайте ФИФА. Главным изменением в рейтинге стала смена лидера. На первое место поднялась сборная Голландии, опередившая Испанию. Голландцы возглавили рейтинг ФИФА впервые. Как отмечает официальный сайт УЕФА, испанцы потеряли очки из-за недавнего поражения от Италии (1:2) в товарищеском матче.

    Третью позицию сохранила Германия, Англия поднялась с шестого места на четвертое, Бразилия опустилась с четвертого на шестое (пятым остался Уругвай).

    Из команд постсоветского пространства следует отметить успех сборной России, которая поднялась с 18-го на 13-е место. Россияне, в активе которых 940 очков, опередили команды Греции, Кот-д’Ивуара, Франции, Японии и Черногории.

    Далее страны СНГ расположились в следующем порядке: Белоруссия (41/645), Украина (48/598), Литва (55/552), Грузия (63/522), Армения (71/456), Узбекистан (82/401), Латвия (84/388), Эстония (86/374), Молдавия (88/364), Азербайджан (112/272), Казахстан (126/227), Туркменистан (142/179), Таджикистан (153/132) и Кыргызстан (177/79).

    В Азиатском регионе лучшие шесть команд расположились следующим образом: Япония (15-е место/918 баллов), Австралия (22/837), Южная Корея (33/745), Иран (53/559), Китай (69/464) и Узбекистан.

    В следующий раз рейтинг будет обновлен 21 сентября.

  4. Alexander Sodiqov

    Uzbeks win 1-0 at Tajikistan in WCup qualifier

    Associated Press
    2011-09-02 11:03 PM

    A second-half winner from veteran striker Maksim Shatskikh earned Uzbekistan a 1-0 victory at Tajikistan on Friday in their opening match of third-round Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
    The Arsenal Kyiv striker netted in the 72nd minute to give the visitors a share of top spot in Group C with Japan, which won 1-0 at home against North Korea.

    Despite the home defeat, the narrow margin was a creditable performance by the Tajiks, who only found themselves in the third round after Syria was disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in the previous round.

    Shatskikh’s goal followed a penalty awarded after Tajik defender Davronjon Ergashev brought down Uzbek forward Alexander Geynrikh in the area.

    Shatskikh took the spot-kick, only to see his shot toward the right-hand corner parried by goalkeeper Alisher Tuychiev. However, the striker quickly pounced on the loose ball and clinically slotted home.

    Tajik defender Dilshod Vasiev came close to an equalizer with a free-kick in the 89th minute, but Uzbek goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov managed clear the ball off the line.

    Japan’s last-minute victory against a dogged North Korea earlier Friday leaves it joint top of its four-team group with Uzbekistan.

    Syria had originally qualified for Group C by twice defeating Tajikistan in the knockout stage. It was later disqualified after FIFA ruled the team had fielded an ineligible player in both matches.

    Uzbekistan and Tajikistan played to a packed 13,600-capacity stadium in the provincial western Tajik city of Tursunzade, which lies just across the border with Uzbekistan.

    Crowds attempted to break through the security cordon of some 500 policemen around the stadium in an attempt to gain entrance. The game was not being shown on national television due to a high-profile international summit taking place in the capital.

    A number of football matches in Tajikistan have been disrupted by crowd violence in recent months amid widespread allegations that match officials are favoring current champions Istiqlol Dushanbe, which is reportedly owned by the president’s son.

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    Lineups:

    Tajikistan: Alisher Tuychiev, Sohib Savankulov, Eradzh Radzhabov, Davronjon Ergashev, Makhmadali Sadikov (Ibragim Rabimov, 59), Nuriddin Davronov, Manuchekhr Dzhalilov, Farkhod Vasiev, Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (Ilkhomjon Ortiqiv, 68), Numordzhon Hakimov (Dilshod Vasiev, 51), Yusuf Rabiev.

    Uzbekistan: Ignatiy Nesterov, Shavkatjon Mulladjanov, Azizbek Haydarov, Server Djeparov (Ulugbek Bakaev, 65), Odil Ahmedov, Stanislav Andreev (Sanzhar Tursunov, 46), Alexander Geynrikh, Maksim Shatskikh, Vitaliy Denisov, Islom Tuhtahujaev, Victor Karpenko (Timur Kapadze, 46).

  5. Валерий ТУРСУНОВ: Хочу, чтобы Рустам Эмомали стал президентом

    Азия-Плюс, 19/12/2011

    «Я не против Сухроба Косимова, просто требования к футболу изменились».

    Известный таджикский футболист высказался в поддержку кандидатуры Рустама Эмомали в качестве президента Федерации футбола Таджикистана.

    «Таджикский футбол подошел к критической точке… Так продолжаться больше не может… Нам нужно создавать свой имидж с нуля… Нынешнему руководству не по силам решать серьезные задачи».

    О проблемах футбола в республике и путях их решения рассказывает ветеран таджикского футбола, вице-президент ФФТ Валерий ТУРСУНОВ.

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