- Mongolia resume Qatar 2022 qualifying beneath new coach Rastislav Bozik
- Former Al Wahda supervisor took over final September
- He expects his facet to give attention to improved shows towards Tajikistan and Japan
When Asia’s qualification campaign for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ started in June 2019, Mongolia had the honour of internet hosting the primary very first qualifying sport globally. The Blue Wolves duly registered the primary qualifying victory by profitable 2-0 towards Brunei Darussalam, earlier than a 2-1 away defeat allowed them to progress 3-2 on combination.
Now 21 months on, the East Asians are once more the primary to behave because the continent’s qualifying resumes this week. The workforce, beneath new boss Rastislav Bozik, tackle hosts Tajikistan on Thursday earlier than going through Group F leaders Japan 5 days later. Having seen the qualifying fixtures postponed for a yr attributable to Covid-19, the workforce are hungry to embrace the return to motion in response to Bozik.
“It was really a hard period for the whole world,” the 43-yr-previous Slovak supervisor instructed FIFA.com. “A short league format, a long winter and all sorts of hardships caused [by the pandemic] made our preparation very difficult. But we have dealt with it and put the worst behind us. Now our squad is full of energy and we will work hard and have our players in their normal shape.”
Bozik has spent a lot of his 18-yr teaching profession in Asia at golf equipment like Son Dong Tam Long An and Al Wahda, in addition to working as an assistant coach with Malaysia. He was appointed head coach of Mongolia final September with the job being his senior nationwide workforce position.
“It is an honour to coach a national team, especially for me with Mongolia,” he added. “My last job was the head of Youth and Coach Education by MFF (Mongolian Football Federation). Now my tasks are to make selection decisions and prepare suitable strategy for the senior national team. I am thankful for the faith shown in me.”
Winning hearts and minds
Having by no means progressed past the primary spherical in Asia’s World Cup qualifying earlier than, Mongolia made historical past on the highway to Qatar 2022 with the victory over Brunei Darussalam sending them by to the second spherical for the primary time.
“The milestone victory sent a strong signal which the country needed. The team won the hearts of the people and conversely the fans’ support motivated the players,” Bozik added reflecting on their first-spherical campaign.
In the method, 32-yr-previous captain Tsedenbal Norjmoo struck twice, whereas 29-yr-previous ahead Nyam-Osor Naranbold was additionally on course as they edged Brunei Darussalam. They historical past-making campaign continued in their maiden second-spherical match with a 1-0 residence win over Myanmar, and this time it was 20-yr-previous Dolgoon Amaraa who netted the winner.
“These three players will continue to play key roles in this squad,” added the coach. “Actually they represent three generations of the team. So we have the veteran players who help with their experiences while the youngsters can provide fresh impetus.”
Discipline and spirit
Languishing on the backside of their group with only a lone win from their 5 outings, Mongolia are determined to conjure one other victory. They misplaced to 3rd-positioned Tajikistan 1-0 in September 2019, earlier than conceding six unanswered targets to runaway leaders Japan a month later.
“Needless to say, the matches are big challenges for us. We play away against strong rivals. We will focus on our performances rather than results. And good results will come as long as we work well in details like individual play, formation and teamwork. This is our philosophy.”
“Mongolian players are quick in learning if they get motivated. They are a disciplined team and they play with a high spirit. In short, they can defy odds and achieve positive transition.”