Andrei Karpovich: The guys showed character and won the hardest victory


Head coach of “Aktobe” commented on the guest victory over “Maqtaaral” (2:1).

First of all, we are very happy that we got three points. In this situation this is the most important thing. I would like to say that the weather conditions were very difficult. Even just sitting was very difficult. I am grateful to my guys that they have showed their character and won. We must also give credit to “Maqtaaral”, for us they are an unyielding opponents. And last year we lost points when we played with them, and it turns out this year too.

Very difficult confrontation, I can note the work of Kairat Nurdauletov. With his arrival, the team freshened up, changed and regularly score points. And that’s why it will not be easy to anyone, especially in such weather conditions at 6 pm. This is not suitable for playing football, it should be done a bit later, so that the tempo would be higher, and it would be easier for the players to play. But all in equal conditions and it is very important that we were able to take three points after the home draw.

– Today a number of players were absent, what is this about?

We had a virus in the team, the guys got sick, and they did not even fly out. We were left with a slightly reduced lineup, but we agreed with the guys that we will do everything possible to achieve the desired result in such a difficult situation.