Dragan Stojkovic was named as Tumbakovic’s successor on Wednesday and also axed 35-year old captain Aleksandar Kolarov as he vowed to inject fresh blood ahead of Serbia’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
Cameroon, host of next edition of the tournament, revealed the competition will take place between January 9 and February 6, and the change to the kickoff date was at their request, citing weather reasons.
Late goals from Paul Scholes and Antonio Valencia denied CSKA a famous victory on that night which goalkeeper Akinfeev is hoping he and his teammates can avoid something similar when they host Louis van Gaal’s men at the Arena Khimki on Wednesday night.
The Crystal Palace man, who captained Senegal to the final of the 2019 edition in Egypt, believed the alteration will affect the players as well as their clubs.
Cheikhou Kouyate has expressed his displeasure after the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations was moved back to January, a departure from the 2019 edition where it was staged in the summer.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels the change could put off European clubs from signing African players, a position backed by the 30-year-old.
The midfielder, who scored one goal in 38 appearances, fell out with the national team and Serbia’s FA after the country’s group-stage exit at the 2018 World Cup.
Serbia start their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with home games in Belgrade against Ireland on March 24 and European champions Portugal three days later, followed by a visit to Azerbaijan on March 30.
Alberto Zaccheroni has named his 23-man Japan squad for next week’s friendly with Azerbaijan.
The Russian club led the Red Devils 3-1 in a Champions League fixture more than six years ago as they strived to produce an historic win over the Old Trafford outfit.
The Blue Samurai host the world’s 109th-ranked team in Shizuoka on May 23 as they prepare for the fourth round of 2014 World Cup qualifying which kicks off in June.
He publicly criticised coach Mladen Krstajic for substituting him in a crunch 2-1 defeat by Switzerland but was recalled when Ljubisa Tumbakovic took over during Serbia’s failed bid to reach Euro 2020.
Igor Akinfeev has his fingers crossed that CSKA Moscow can avoid another disappointing evening at the hands of Manchester United.
Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic has decided to quit international football after being left out of Serbia’s 30-man squad for this month’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
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