Last years’ BPL Football champions Bashundhara Kings will make their debut in the AFC Cup Football taking on TC Sports Club of the Maldives at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday.
The match will kick off at 3.30 pm (local time)
The Spanish coach of Bashundhara Kings Oscar Bruzon wanted to make a good start in their first appearance in the AFC Cup,
“TC Sports is a good team, but we are playing at home, we are a good side too, We wants three points from this match,” Oscar Bruzon said in a pre-match match press conference at BFF House in Motijheel on Tuesday.
Bashundhara Kings, defending champions of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), is suffering in the ongoing league. They have already dropped five important points playing five matches.
But Oscar wasn’t so worried about it. “We had some problems in the league matches. We already sorted out it, Bashundhara Kings will play their best match tomorrow (Wednesday). We are scoring goals but also conceding as well. Specially, we facing problems on opponents counter attack and spot kicks. ”
Argentine recruit of Bashundhara Kings Hernan Barcos, will make his first appearance for the Kings on Wednesday. It will give extra flavor for the Bashundhara.
Oscar Bruzon is thinking his Costa Rican booter Daniel Colindres will be the more impactful than Hernan Barcos and said, “In my point of view, Daniel may play more vital role (in the match) and can make the difference between two teams.”
Bashundhara’s coach wants to go match by match. “Of course we have a dream to play in the AFC Cup. We will set our plan match by match.”
The Coach of TC Sports Mohammad Shazly considered Bashundhara Kings as stronger side in terms of foreign players and said, “Daniel and Barcos are very high quality players. Bashundhara is quite ahead of us in term of foreign players. “
TC Sports has Ali Ashfaq, who is considered as one of the best forwards in South Asia. Specially, Ashaq has very good record against Bangladesh national team as well as against club teams.
Shazly also appreciated the Ashfaq quality, “Ashfaq is the best no doubt on it. I consider him as foreigner not Maldivian.”
The TC sports coach said, “We want to qualify for the next round of the tournament. I believe we have that quality and strength.”
Coronavirus is an issue in the sports arena, but TC Sports coach didn’t want to dwell on it, "Already we are here (Dhaka). Our only focus is on tomorrow's game. We want to return to Male with points from Dhaka. "
Bashundhara's key player Topu Barman and TC Sports captain Ahmed Farah, expressed their optimism for the match at the press meet and said they are ready to show their best.
TC Sports has good record against Bangladesh. In 2017, they clinched the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup Trophy in Chattogram. In recent times, Bangladesh national team as well as club team couldn't beat any Maldives team at home or aboard.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Abahani Limited managed two draws against Maziya FC in the recently concluded AFC Cup Qualifiers play-off match. Maziya has qualified for the final round of the meet by virtue of more away goals.
However, Bashundhara Kings is playing in the Group E of the meet.
Others three teams of the group are: Chennai City (India), TC Sports (Maldives), Maziya FC ( Maldives ). The group champions team will qualify for the next stage. Last year, Dhaka Abahani Limited played in the zonal semi-final play-off.