Bunyodkor, Adelaide United's opponent in the forthcoming AFC Champions League quarter-finals, will be without versatile Anvar Rajabov in the two-legged clash after he transferred to Thai club Buriram United.
Rajabov, who can play both in midfield and attack, has signed a two-year contract with the Thai club that caused a sensation in the group stage of this year’s ACL by beating Japan champion Kashiwa Reysol and big-spending Guangzhou Evergrande of China before crashing out as the bottom club in Group H.
Rajabov, 24, scored one goal and played 10 games for Bunyodkor in the 2008, 2011 and 2012 seasons of the ACL, taking the four-time Uzbek champion to the two-legged quarter-final where they will clash with familiar foe Adelaide on 19 September at Hindmarsh Stadium and 3 October in Tashkent.
“I am glad to help the new club which has an objective to again win all the big national trophies,” Rajabov said.
The A-League will make its LIVE free-to-air TV debut next season with the blockbuster clash between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets on Friday 11 October on SBS 2.