SRI LANKA 2 VS UZBEKISTAN 4
Last day of the Women’s Asian Games Qualifier 2022 at GBK Hockey Field in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The first match of the day was between Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan, both already qualified for the Asian Games to be held in 2023.
Sri Lanka finished in sixth place in this qualifying tournament with 5 defeats and 1 victory, having a rather low performance but that serves to continue growing and preparing in the best way for the Asian Games in 2023.
On the other hand, Uzbekistan had a great campaign, finishing 4th in the standings, with 3 losses and 3 wins, although they had ups and downs, the team coached by MUTALAPOVA Liliya showed that they can continue to fight in the Asian continent.
Today’s match was no exception and Uzbekistan’s level surpassed that of Sri Lanka, who already had defeats on their record.
Already 5 minutes into the game KAKHRAMONOVA Shakhrizoda put her team ahead in the first minutes of the game, while the second goal came 6 minutes later from the hand of ADIZOVA Kamilla with an individual play taking the goalkeeper out of her hands and scoring a backhand flick.
Before the end of the first quarter, in a bad maneuver by the Sri Lankan defense to get out of play, she found KHASANBOEVA Zulfiyakhon who managed to intercept it and nailed it with an extraordinary backhand goal that left the goalkeeper with no chance.
In the second quarter Sri Lanka came out with a more attacking attitude, which led to a 23rd minute goal by HEWA Shanika to close the gap. 4 minutes later ADIZOVA Kamilla scored a powerful shot that went into the goal to make it 4-1.
In the last minutes of the game, with the Uzbek team having most of the possession of the ball, they did not generate any fear and the team led by GANGEDURA Pradeepa went for more to score their second goal through DEVADAS Kirushanthini to score and end the game 5-2.
With this match both teams close their participation and will meet in next year’s Asian Games.
The best player of the match was KAKHRAMONOVA Shakhrizoda, who at the age of 19 finished her tournament with 6 goals scored and being one of the stars of her team.
Undoubtedly the Goalkeeper of the Tournament was Malika KAMILOVA who with 21 years old had an excellent appearance in this tournament, added to other international tournaments that the player has been playing since 2015, adding to the young team that wants to fight and continues to help build and consolidate a team that is in transition but has many young players with great potential and that we will see on the international scene as pillars in the future.