A legend in Kazakhstan, Sergei Kvochkin died on 29 December at the age of 69 after dedicating most of his life to local football.
Regarded as one of the finest players in Kazakh history, Kvochkin ensured his place in the record books when he scored FC Kairat Almaty's first goal in the top tier of the old Soviet system in 1960, going on to score 61 goals in 232 appearances in the USSR before moving into coaching with FC Vostok, FC Torpedo Kokshetau and FC Ekibastuzets. He died while on the way to train youngsters at a youth academy in Almaty.
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