Kazakhstan Football Federation (KFF) has officially informed about the important staff turnover within the organisation.
The meeting of the KFF Executive Committee was held in Astana, according to the statement published on the KFF website. The Committee has formalised the departure of Kanysh Aubakirov from the posts of KFF First Vice President and Secretary General for family reasons, the issue raised in December.
The KFF Vice President Azamat Aitkhozhin who since acted as a Secretary General on a temporary basis – alongside his duties at the helm of the Professional League of Kazakhstan (PFLK) – has been appointed as Aubakirov's successor.
At the same time, Aitkhozhin has quitted his vice-presidential role, with the post being taken by the 33-year-old administrator and futsal official, former PFLK President Olzhas Abrayev.
The most resounding change, meanwhile, was a resignation of the KFF President Seilda Baishakov whose reign lasted just 13 months.
It was reported that Baishakov, 67, has decided to step down by handing in his voluntary resignation, the subject of the forthcoming approval as the issue shall be included into the agenda of the KFF Extraordinary Conference set to be held in Astana on February 10, 2018.
In late November 2016, Baishakov replaced Yerlan Kozhagapanov, one of the most controversial presidents in the KFF history, but his stint has been short lived. It was marked with yet another back-door games and public controversies, most notably in relation to the bad results showed in 2017 by the national team under the Russian manager Alexandr Borodyuk whose appointment midway through the World Cup qualifying campaign looked highly questionable from its very inception.