Ukraine FA picks squad for Blokhin
KIEV, March 19 (Reuters) - Ukraine's soccer federation on Saturday named their squad for their World Cup European Zone Group Two qualifier against Denmark on March 30 in the absence of coach Oleg Blokhin, who was forced to step down this week.
A statement from the federation was signed by Andrei Bal, one of the national team's coaches, who looks to have taken over many of the duties of head coach since Blokhin tendered his resignation in a political row on Wednesday.
Leaders in parliament threatened to strip him of his seat on the grounds that he could not serve both as a deputy and national coach. Soccer officials tried to persuade him to stay on and the issue is now before the courts.
Blokhin has said he will continue to help prepare the team for the Denmark match. Ukraine top their group with 14 points from six matches, six ahead of European champions Greece and are on course to reach the finals in Germany next year.
The squad relies heavily on players from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
Goalkeepers: Oleskander Shovkovsky (Dynamo Kiev), Vitaly Reva (Dynamo Kiev), Vyacheslav Kernozenko (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)
Defenders: Andriy Nesmachny (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Matyukhin (Dnipro), Oleksander Radchenko (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Volodymyr Zezersky (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Andriy Rusol (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk).
Midfielders: Ruslan Bydenko (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Serhiy Nazarenko (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Oleksander Rykun (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Andriy Husyn (Krylya Sovietov, Samara), Anatoly Tymoshchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Maksim Biletsky (Saturn Ramenskoye), Oleh Husev (Dynamo Kiev)
Forwards: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan), Andriy Vorobei (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksiy Belyk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksander Kosyrin (Chernomorets Odessa), Andriy Voronin (Bayern Munich)