Vadim Abramov Hopes Uzbekistan Live Up To AFC Cup Expectations

Former Traktor and Locomotive tactician looking forward to Asia Cup challenge...
New Uzbekistan coach Vadim Abramov has admitted he is well aware of the huge expectations placed upon his squad ahead of the AFC Asian Cup 2011 in Qatar next year.

“I know the expectations are big for my team to do better than the last edition,” he told

The 47-year-old has succeeded Mirdjalal Kasimov and is hoping to better the White Wolves performance in 2007 when they exited at the quarter-final stage, going down 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in Jakarta.

“Of course these players are good and any coach would like to have them in his side but I would like to wait and watch before making any decisions which will be based on the individual player’s performance,” he added.

“There are many talented players in Uzbekistan including [Server] Djeparov. It’s a big responsibility on me and I will try to get the team its rightful place in the continent.”

The draw for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 will take place in Doha, Qatar, in two weeks' time.

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