Markovic and Suyumbaev among best defenders this season
Prosportkz.kz picked 7 best defenders in the Premier League this season. Markovic was placed 5th, while Suyumbaev came 3rd.
29 years, 204 сm
Club: FC Kairat
Position: Centre back
28 appearances, 2432 played minutes, 2 goals, 2 assists, 6 yellow cards
Tall centre back spent a lot of time adapting to his new team mates, especially in defensive zone. At the beginning Serbian defender played alongside Timur Rudoselskiy and Lukas Tesak, then played with Stanislav Lunin and Gafurzhan Suyumbaev, finishing season with Cesar Arzo. In every partnership Markovic always performed well. Rumours were going around in thr summer about the potential move to FC Red Star Belgrade, but instead Zarko extended his contract with Kairat until 2018.
After winning FC Astana on the 28th game day (1:0):
"Of course, tough game, we are the two strongest teams who show good football. Today we showed character, fought untill the end and got the win. No matter what the score is as long as we have our three points. This is very important moment, we are happy about every win."
26 years, 172 сm
Club: FC Kairat/FC Ordabasy
Position: Left back
28 appearances, 2467 played minutes, 4 goals, 4 assists, 8 yellow cards, 1 red card
This season Suyumbaev showed his best and attracted attention from Kairat half way through the seaon and invited defender to join. Gafurzhan quickly got adapted to his new team and performed very well, better than his forerunner – Lukas Tesak. He also impressed national team manager Talgat Baysufinov, who included Suyumbaev in his squad even at the same time having another strong left back.
After winning Azerbaijan (0:1):
– "I played higher than Dima Shomko and I needed to support attacks. When we defend, we play narrow. I also moved towards the centre, they gave the ball away, controlled it well, opposition fell down, I saw that there were about twenty metres and decided to shoot. Just unlucky."