Poor results, a managerial merry-go-round and the loss of their very own "David Beckham" have all put pressure on Uzbekistan ahead of the Asian Cup Finals.
Teams from Iran, China and Uzbekistan are expected to arrive in Kuala Lumpur from Wednesday for the Asian Cup Group C matches on 7-29 July, Bernama reported.
Pakhtakor surged three clear at the top of the Uzbekistan League with a 4-0 outclassing of Lokomotiv in the 15th round of action.
Victor Karpenko of Quruvchi Tashkent will replace mid-fielder Mansur Saidov of Neftchi Ferghana in Uzbekistan squad for Asian Cup, which will be held next month.
WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov will take on WBA title holder Ruslan Chagaev in a unification bout in Moscow in October. Ibragimov, 32, won the WBO belt with a unanimous decision over American Shannon Briggs in Atlantic City earlier this month.
Ruslan Chagaev and Sultan Ibragimov will meet in the ring sometime in October to unify two parts of the heavyweight championship.
Timur Ibragimov defeated Timo Hoffmann of Germany on unanimous decision on Saturday, 23 June.
Pakhtakor came back from a goal down to thrash Vobkent 3-1 in the Uzbekistan League’s 14th round recently and maintain their one-point lead over Neftchi.