REFERENCE: “Will Kazakhstan Win The World Cup Qualifier?” Alvarez-Galloso,Roberto; The Bleacher Report; October 8, 2008
On the 11th of October 2008, Kazakhstan will play against England at Wembley Stadium in England. Even though Kazakhstan is almost at the bottom of the FIFA Classification, the people and the sports authorities in Kazakhstan believe that an awakening has ocurred. There are even pundits that think that Kazakhstan may even win the World Cup Qualifier. The only lone voice in the chorus of the majority of Kazakhstan is the former coach Arno Pjipers. Mr. Pjipers was sacked as Coach of the Kazakh National Football [Soccer] Team after making a declaration which stated that Kazakhstan cannot defeat England, Croatia, and Belarus [which are far more advanced teams according to him].
The people and the sports authorities of Kazakhstan refuse to believe that they could lose and they are keeping their eye on the prize which is the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. I am of the opinion that Kazakhstan has the possibility of winning the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. In fact, Mr. Pjipers has talked about some of the principal players of Kazakhstan such as Sergei Ostapenko, Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev, and Samat Smakov. Kazakhstan has the potential and the infrastructure to win the 2010 World Cup Qualifier since their teams are organized and disciplined. I say this even though experts have stated that it will take decades for Kazakhstan to achieve the same success that England and Russia are enjoying.
It remains to be seen how Kazakhstan will fare against a team such as England on the 11th of October 2008. Maybe faith is stronger than the numbers so let us see what will transpire.