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Semen Padang - Churchill Brothers SC Preview: Low priority match for both the sides

With no hopes of qualification, the Red Machines will play a weakened side as their priority lies in the domestic league competition...

By Anselm Noronha

AFC Cup Match Press Conference:Semen Padang vs Churchill Brothers SC
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS
SEMEN PADANG

Eka;
Setya, Wiji, Maulana, Ardilles;
Aiboy, Mofu, Rizal, Bayauw;
Bonai, Iskandar
CHURCHILL BROTHERS SC

Thapa;
Saran, Balmuchu, Naveen, Yumnam;
Dias, Jaison, Asley, Gurung;
Arezou, Balan

Semen Padang have already made it through from the Group E, as the Indonesian side has earned 13 points from five matches. The other team who have confirmed their spot in the round of 16 is Kitchee SC from Hong Kong, who beat Churchill Brothers 4-0 in the last match.

The Indonesian Premier League outfit are unbeaten in the group stage, besides Iraqi side Arbil SC in Group B, and stand the opportunity to qualify to the knock-out phase unbeaten, a day after East Bengal achieved the feat this season in Group H.

Meanwhile, with their eyes set on the I-League title, Churchill Brothers have deliberately travelled with a large number of second string players in order to keep their regular starters fit for the important league match against Mohun Bagan on Saturday.

Players like Beto, Sunil Chhetri, Lamine Tamba, Henri Antchouet, Denzil Franco, Lenny Rodrigues and Dharmaraj Ravanan have hence been left out of the squad.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Semen Padang's only other appearance in the Asian level saw them finish as quarterfinalists in the 1993-94 Asian Cup Winners Cup.
  • Churchill Brothers SC are enroute towards winning their second I-League title, for which they need a point from two matches.
  • Among their various other groups of supporters, Semen Padang's most renowned group is called Spartacks.
  • Churchill Brothers head coach Mariano Dias is attending a coaching refresher coarse in Germany, in the absense of whom Willy Moraes is taking the calls.

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