LISTEN TO ROSTYN GRIFFITHS TALK ABOUT MOVE TO UZBEKISTAN AND THE CHALLENGES HE HAS FACED
Former Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners midfielder, Rostyn Griffiths opened up on life in Uzbekistan since his move from the Glory at the conclusion of last season.
Griffiths, who spoke to David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Q&A cut his contract a season early at the Glory to move to Uzbek giants, Pakhtakor Tashkent but described his time thus far as “quite tough” off the field in his first seven months since his move.
“It’s not easy, I am currently sitting outside and it is three degrees which is pretty warm for this time of year in Tashkent, so a little bit different than what it was like back home for Christmas and it was pushing thirty-five,” Griffiths said.
“The language barrier is probably more difficult than China, there are less people speaking English here, so it has been quite a big adaptation.” Griffiths said.
However, Griffiths also praised the quality of football in Uzbekistan and spoke about the differing expectations due to his foreign stats.
“There is a high expectation on foreigners, because you are a little different and earning more money than the locals players,” Griffiths said.
“It is good and bad. Good because I like that responsibility to produce but also bad because sometimes the expectations on foreigners are a little unrealistic.” Griffiths said.
The defensive midfielder’s side will be playing in an all-important Asian Champions League qualifier against Al-Gharafa who recently announced the signing of former Dutch International, Wesley Sneijder.
“He’s not bad is he? He’s a decent player so it should be interesting,” Griffiths said.
“They have a Turkish coach who is bringing in a lot of foreigners and they have quite a big expectation of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League… so it should be a tough game.” Griffiths said.
The match will be played on January 31 at 4 AM AEST at the Thani bin Jassim Stadium.
Football Q&A airs every Wednesday night from 5 PM AEST with David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio
listen to the full interview here