Tajikistan Higher League: Ones to watch for 2021

News, Tajikistan Higher League

We hand-pick five players who are set to perform in Tajikistan’s top tier in 2021.

Elchibek Rashidbekov (CSKA)

Brought in to bolster the CSKA strike force, the front man signed from local rivals Dushanbe-83 in January. He plundered six goals in 18 appearances last season.

Ilhomjon Barotov (Istaravshan)

The league’s top marksman in 2020 with an 18-goal haul, the forward tucked in an impressive five goals in the season’s penultimate tie. The 30-year-old will be looking forward to his fourth consecutive season with the Northern Tigers.

Watch: Barotov hits five against Fayzkand

Alisher Dzhalilov (Istiklol)

A Lokomotiv Moskva youth system graduate and former Rubin Kazan employee, the creative 27-year-old has settled into his role as Istiklol skipper. In 2020, the playmaker netted 12 league goals.

Dilshod Bozorov (Khujand)

At 31, the No10 converted eight times as Khujand finished runners-up last season. The Tajikistan international, who joined the club in 2015, could be a key player in 2021.

Amirdzhoni Farruhzod (Ravshan)

Farruhzod contributed six goals in Ravshan’s second tier-winning campaign, as well as proving to be an important component in their unlikely 2020 Tajik Cup triumph.

The season so far: form, standings, results, top scorers

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Nine rounds into the Tajikistan Higher League, we take a look at the state of play.

Winning four games by at least a five-goal margin, Istiklol’s unbeaten run has seen them tighten their grip at the top. CSKA have overturned a rocky start; finding their feet in gameweek five, and top-tier newcomers Dushanbe-83 have exceeded expectations and sit mid-table. Istiklol’s Dzhalilov brothers have dominated the scoring; Manuchekhr on 10 and Alisher on 8.

League table

The Tajikistan football league's season so far: form, standings, results, top scorers

Form guide

CSKA Pamir Dushanbe: WWDWDLWLL
Dushanbe-83: LDWWLWDLL
Istaravshan: LDWLLLLLL
Istiklol: WWWWWWDWW
Fayzkand: LLDLDWDWD
Khatlon: LWDLWWDWW
Khujand: WWLWWWDLW
Kuktosh: WLDLWLDWD
Lokomotiv Pamir: LLLLLLLWD
Regar-TadAZ: WLLWLLWLD

Results

Top scorers

10 Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (Istiklol)
8 Alisher Dzhalilov (Istiklol)
8 lhomjon Barotov (Istaravshan)
6 Sheriddin Boboev (Istiklol)
6 Rustam Soirov (Istiklol)
5 Parviz Baki-Akhunov (Khatlon)
5 Dilshod Bozorov (Khujand)
5 Khudoidod Uzokov (Khatlon)
4 Shodibek Gafforov (CSKA)
4 Wahyt Orazsähedow (Istiklol)
4 Shodibek Gafforov (CSKA)

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