December 29, 2018 / 9:08 AM / 6 months ago

Factbox - Turkmenistan at the Asian Cup

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

FIFA world ranking: 127

Ranking in Asia: 25

Previous Asian Cups: 1

Best performance: Group Stage (2004)

2015: Did not qualify

Nickname: Emeralds

Coach: Yazguly Hojageldyyew

Regular captain: Arslanmyrat Amanov

Player to watch: Altymyrat Annadurdyyew

Recent form:

March 27 Bahrain 4-0 Turkmenistan Riffa

Dec 25 Afghanistan 0-2 Turkmenistan Antalya


Group F

Jan 9 Japan v Turkmenistan Abu Dhabi

Jan 13 Turkmenistan v Uzbekistan Dubai

Jan 17 Oman v Turkmenistan Abu Dhabi

Turkmenistan return to the Asian Cup finals for the first time since 2004, when they were eliminated on their debut appearance at the end of the group phase of the competition.

Coached by Yazguly Hojageldyyew and built around the Altyn Asyr side that reached the 2018 AFC Cup final, Turkmenistan secured their place at the finals by finishing second in their qualifying group behind Bahrain.

Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien

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