Teamwork & Impressive Goalkeeping from Team Kyrgyzstan 2016

After a break of 2 years, Kyrgyzstan took the Homeless World Cup pitch in Glasgow by storm. The squad scored 77 goals and conceded only 25, the second best in the women’s competition. Goalkeeper Natalia Gaivoronskaia earned the Best Women’s Goal Keeper award for her heroic efforts in front of the net.

The squad faced defending champions in the final match and were unrelenting in their attempts on goal. The Mexican game proved too precise and polished for their Central Asian opponents, and the match ended 5-0 in favour of the title-holders.

Team Kyrgyzstan 2016 (Women’s)

Name Role
Anarkan Kasmalieva Manager
Gulbara Umatalieva Coach
Oksana Maliarenko Player
Dilafruz Zakirova Player
Zhamilia Niiazova Player
Nazgulia Kaldybaeva Player
Nazik Kumyshbek Kyzy Player
Nataliia Gaivoronskaia Player
Alina Chokoeva Player


As an active participant with the Street Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic (SFF) player Zhamilia Niiazova was conscious of the key role they play in providing help to orphans, vulnerable children and marginalized adults in her country through football.

“We helped establish football games for homeless children and children without parents in our home country,” she explained. “In our team, we have one girl who doesn’t have parents and we would like to help her to have the best opportunity in life.

“Our team is one family. When someone needs help someone is ready to give it.”

SFF works with orphans, vulnerable children, and marginalised adults residing in illegal settlements. Many of their adult participants are migrants from rural areas who seek better life in Bishkek. SFF run three core activities: annual football tournaments, providing humanitarian help to orphanages, and preparing and selecting the Homeless World Cup national team.