Shlomo Sharf Has Georgia on His Mind

Former national team coach Shlomo Sharf has been invited by the Georgian Football Federation (GFF) to watch Georgia's Euro 2004 qualifier against Russia in Moscow tomorrow night.

Sharf, who is on Georgia's short list of candidates to take over as coach of its national team, has not, however, decided whether to accept the invitation. "I still don't know whether I'm going. I need to make a few clarifications and see how things develop," Sharf said.

GFF press officer Mamuka Kvaratshkel confirmed yesterday that Sharf was one of nine candidates to take over the reins of the national team. "The GFF is in contact with all the candidates and is expected to make a decision in the near future. If Sharf comes to Moscow, he may meet with GFF president Merab Dzhordania and discuss the possibility of coaching Georgia."

Dzhordania appointed himself coach of the team on an interim basis after Croatian coach Ivan SuSak resigned in August to concentrate on coaching his club, Dinamo Tbilisi.

Georgia is bottom of its group and has no chance of qualifying for next summer's European Championship; while Russia, which lies a point behind Switzerland, needs to win to be in with a chance of winning the group.