Gela Shekiladze Appointed Head Coach of Tajikistan National Football Team

In a significant development for Tajikistan football, the national team has a new leader at the helm. Gela Shekiladze, a 53-year-old Georgian specialist, has been named the head coach, succeeding his previous role as assistant to Petr Segrt.

The Tajikistan Football Federation (FFT) press office confirmed that the entire coaching staff, which has diligently served the national team over the past two years, will continue their work under Shekiladze’s guidance.

Joining Shekiladze as assistant coach is another Georgian expert, Tamaz Bokeria. Meanwhile, Alisher Tuichiev retains his position as the goalkeeper coach, and Alifbek Beromov assumes the role of an analytical coach.

Croatian coach Petr Segrt had been with the Tajikistan national team since 2022. However, upon the expiration of his contract, it was not renewed. Under Segrt’s guidance, the team played 24 matches and achieved a historic milestone by reaching the quarter-finals of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar.

During his playing career, Shekiladze operated as a defender for clubs such as Dynamo Batumi (Georgia), Lierse (Belgium), Roeselare (Belgium), Arsenal (Ukraine), and CSKA (Ukraine). He earned 22 caps for the Georgian national team.

From 2007 to 2011, Shekiladze led various Georgian youth teams (U-15, U-16, U-19, U-21). Additionally, he served as assistant to head coach Petr Segrt for national teams in Georgia, Afghanistan, Maldives, and Tajikistan.

 

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