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Kyrgyzstan international and forward Mirlan Murzaev joins Chennaiyin FC

Kyrgyzstan international and forward Mirlan Murzaev joins Chennaiyin FC
Mirlan Murzaev | Source: Sven Beyrich (El Loko Foto)

Chennaiyin FC have signed Kyrgyzstan international and forward Mirlan Murzaev on a one-year deal ahead of the 2021-22 ISL season. The 31-year-old 6’0″ winger is the first Kyrgyz to play in the ISL.

Murzaev started his professional career with Kyrgyzstani club Molodyozhnaya Sbornaya in 2005. Besides Kyrgyzstan, over the next few years, Mirlan played club football in Russia (FC Lokomotiv-2 Moscow), Israel (Hapoel Petah Tikva FC), Turkey and Cyprus. In Kyrgyzstan, he was mostly associated with FC Dordoi Bishkek – the club he had multiple stints with over the years and won multiple league titles with. He was the top goalscorer when Dordoi won the 2019-20 Kyrgyz Premier League and joins Chennai on a season-long contract from the club.

Mirlan is a Kyrgyz international and is the second-most capped player for his country with 48 caps – he is also their all-time current top goalscorer with 29 goals. He scored the winner in Kyrgyzstan’s match against India in the 2009 Nehru Cup. More recently, Murzaev got himself a hattrick against Myanmar in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers.

The forward has well over a 100 goals in the Kyrgyz league and cup competitions having gone past that mark in 2015.

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