The head coach of the Russian national team Valery Karpin considers it inappropriate for the team to participate in the first championship of the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA). According to the expert, the international tournament, scheduled for the first half of June, does not fit into the calendar, but will be held in difficult weather conditions.
Karpin stated this in an interview with the Football Factory YouTube channel. He called a trip to Tashkent and Bishkek a literal suicide for the Russian team, and also complained about the quality of the fields in Central Asia.
“There is such an invitation. Would I like it? On the one hand, yes. On the other hand, it will take place in June. It will be hot there. On June 3, our championship ends, on June 9, they start there. That is, all the players without vacation. Plus “What fields will there be in this heat. We were now in Central Asia, and there were fields of not the best quality, to put it mildly. And if there is heat, and the fields are completely dry, it will be murderous. To take footballers from vacation and bring them back injured – 7-8 people… And on these fields they can get injured easily. You have to think,” Karpin said.
In addition to Russia, Tajikistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and an as yet unnamed Asian team should play at CAFA 2023. The results of the games will go to the world rankings.
As GLOBAL HAPPENINGS reported, the European Football Union (UEFA) reacted to the decision of the Russian team to play at the CAFA championship.
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