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Administrative Crisis in Kazakhstan Football as PFLK President Makes Sudden Exit

Administrative Crisis in Kazakhstan Football as PFLK President Makes Sudden Exit
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Five days that shook the league world as the body which regulates the Kazakhstan championships matters saw its head step down.

All of a sudden, the President of the Kazakhstan Professional Football League (PFLK) Olzhas Abrayev, 31, has left his post, ending his second spell in the role of the league boss.

Abrayev resigned on May 18 amid the controversy surrounded the China-Kazakhstan friendly that has been added to the national team's fixture plan several days earlier.

On May 13, the Football Federation of Kazakhstan (FFK) have announced it have achieved an agreement with the Chinese Football Association on a friendly between two national teams.

The match will take place on June 7 in Dalian, China. Initially it hadn't been in the 2016 schedule list confirmed for Kazakhstan which provoked a negative reaction from PFLK.

In its official statement, the league asked FFK to take into account the interests of the clubs as the new international fixture would cause strong calendar issues.

It was noted that June 7 hadn't been appointed by FIFA as an international break day. With a new international game scheduled on this date, PFLK will have no option but to postpone at least two league gameweeks.

"I've no objection against friendlies of the national team but all the matters should be solved in a civilized way and considering the interests of all the involved parties," emphasised Abrayev.

The former PFLK head has confirmed that it was the quarrel with FFK related to upcoming China-Kazakhstan game that forced him to take a decision to leave his position.

After Abrayev's exit, the PFLK Council has approved Baglan Yergeshev as new president. Yergeshev, 45, is a former Ordabasy Shymkent's and Okzhetpes Kokshetau's Sporting director and the Vice President of FFK. 

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