Monday, March 16, 2015

Bengaluru keen on getting a result against Warriors

Important games for both the Group E teams as host Bengaluru FC take on Warriors FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium tomorrow night. 

In the pre match press conference, Warriors FC coach Alex Weaver expressed the importance of tomorrow’s game, “Considering we’re coming from a bad game, we would like to treat this as a comeback. Also, we want to write off our two defeats we had so far in the AFC Cup.” 

Warriors were handed over a 6-goal defeat to Albirex Niigata in the S League on last Saturday. 

Warriors FC, which was earlier known as Singapore Armed Forces Football Club comprises three foreigners, they are yet to fill the Asian quota player. Coach sounded cautious against his opponent, “Bengaluru is a great team, ably guided by great coach Ashley. They've achieved a lot in a short time.” 

Also added his team has prepared well, “We’re well prepared, perhaps not tactically as the local league engagements kept us busy.” 

After a result that went against hosts Bengaluru FC, gaffer Ashley means business, “We have to try and get results, which we didn’t achieve in Indonesia against Persipura Jayapura. Our opponents are a good team. We've seen their previous game, which they lost badly, believe they never played like 6-0 loss!” 

Bengaluru would be missing four key players Chhetri, Robin, Eugenson, and Keegan who are out on national duty. Shankar, who scored the winner against Maziya is in U-23 camp. Also, doubtful is John Johnson, who got injured and was replaced early against Persipura.  

“Always tough to miss key players, We’re trying to fly Shankar home for tomorrow’s match. For Johnson, we have to take a call later today evening.” Gaffer also adds, “It is up to the new players to play well, an opportunity to prove their worth, and stake claim in the squad.” 

Warriors captain Daniel Bennett  said, “Players loves competition, play abroad rather than concentrating in the S-League. It is a great opportunity, especially for the youngsters to express themselves.” 

Bikhokhei who had previously played AFC Cup for East Bengal summed-up the mood of the camp, “Earlier it was only for the sake of playing, but here we've the urge to play well, and qualify for the next round.”