Azerbaijan coach Carlos Alberto Torres has put aside a disappointing tour of Trinidad and Tobago and named a strong squad to face Moldova in Baku on 9 February.
An under-strength Azerbaijan lost both games against Trinidad and Tobago last month, but for the Moldova friendly, Torres's team is reinforced by the availability of players from champions PFC Neftchi and current league leaders FK Karabakh.
Duo miss out
Neftchi were involved in January's Commonwealth Cup tournament for champions of the former Soviet republics. However, two of their players remain out in the cold. Playmaker Mahmud Gurbanov is in dispute with the coach, while striker Zaur Tagizade is omitted for tactical reasons.
Torres has also dropped goalkeepers Rauf Mekhtiev and Mikail Yusifov - both guilty of mistakes in the Caribbean - to make way for Jahangir Hasanzade and Ruslan Medzhidov. The latter is the only foreign-based player in the squad, coming from Russian club FC Anzhi Makhachkala. Striker Dmitry Kramarenko, who was with PFC CSKA Moskva until recently moving to FK Karvan Evlakh, is still out of favour following a row with the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan.
Hasanzade (PFC Neftchi), Medzhidov (FC Anzhi Makhachkala), Amirbekov (FK Baku), Melikov (FK Baku), R Sadygov (PFC Neftchi), Shukurov (FK Karvan Evlakh), Kerimov (FK Karabakh), Abbasov (FK Karabakh), Hajiev (PFK Turan Tovuz), E Guliyev (PFC Neftchi), Abdurakhmanov (FK Genclerbirliyi Sumgayit), Abdulaev (FK Genclerbirliyi Sumgayit), I Gurbanov (FK Khazar Sumgayit), Bakhshiev (FC Inter Baku), K Guliyev (FK Karvan Evlakh), Ponomarev (FK Karabakh), Nadirov (FK Karabakh), Nabiev (PFK Turan Tovuz), Ramazanov (FK Karvan Evlakh), Akhtyamov (FC Inter Baku).
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