December 29, 2018 / 9:03 AM / 3 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Kyrgyzstan at the Asian Cup

Dec 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on Kyrgyzstan ahead of the Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from Jan 5 to Feb 1:

FIFA world ranking: 91

Ranking in Asia: 12

Previous Asian Cups: 0

Nickname: White Falcons

Coach: Aleksandr Krestinin

Regular captain: Azamat Baymatov

Player to watch: Anton Zemlianukhin

Recent form:

Sept 10 Kyrgyztan 2-1 Syria Bishkek

Oct 16 Malaysia 0-1 Kyrgyzstan Melaka

Nov 20 Japan 4-0 Kyrgyzstan Toyota

Dec 20 Jordan 0-1 Kyrgyzstan Doha

Dec 25 Qatar 1-0 Kyrgyzstan Doha

Fixtures:

Group C

Jan 7 China v Kyrgyzstan Abu Dhabi

Jan 11 Kyrgyzstan v South Korea Al Ain

Jan 16 Kyrgyzstan v Philippines Dubai

Kyrgyzstan will be making their first appearance at the Asian Cup finals having qualified for the tournament from a group that featured India, Macau and Myanmar.

The former Soviet Republic gained membership of the Asian Football Confederation in 1994 and lack experience at continental level.

They have enjoyed a mixed build-up, but talented performers such as Anton Zemlianukhin and Vitaly Lux enhance their hopes of a place in the knockout rounds. (Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by John O’Brien)

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