The President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov met with the national football team of Kyrgyzstan. The Information Policy Department of the Presidential Administration reported.
According to it, the head of state congratulated the team on the entry into the Asian Cup, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates in 2019, and thanked the athletes for this success.
«This is a great achievement and a huge success. You showed your best qualities. We know how difficult it was for each of you, how complicated the qualifying rounds were, and always cheered for you. You have managed to prove to the whole world that the national football team of Kyrgyzstan has shown such a good game in recent years not in vain. It was difficult, but you showed your best qualities,» said Sooronbai Jeenbekov.
The President stressed that football players and those, who prepared them for important games, deserve gratitude: coaches, sports doctors.
He especially noted the contribution of the head coach Alexander Krestinin, who invested his soul, all his knowledge, work and experience in his trainees.
«We are glad that you have entered the top 100 teams of the world, you take the 12th place out of 47 teams at our continent. This is also a great achievement in such a short time,» the head of state noted.
«I wish we had more athletes like you. I believe that in 2019 you will show a decent game at the Asian Cup and will win a prize. We all remember how Iceland, having a population of 330,000 people, defeated England. I wish all of us this success. Kyrgyzstanis expect new victories from you!» Sooronbai Jeenbekov said and wished the athletes success.
The president granted the national team of Kyrgyzstan a certificate for 1 million soms and assured that the state would provide the athletes with all possible support.
The head coach of the national football team of Kyrgyzstan Alexander Krestinin, President of the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic Semetei Sultanov, First Vice President of the Football Federation Askar Salymbekov noted that thanks to new success football in Kyrgyzstan reached a different level with more stringent requirements. Therefore, the national team cannot do without state support.
As reported, the players of the team, the coaches assured the president that they would necessarily show a good result during future important matches and presented him with a ball and a picture with the symbol of the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic.