The Red Lizards will hope to put in a spirited performances against the Hong Kong giants on Wednesday...
Kitchee SC face the Pune FC challenge in an AFC Cup group H encounter at the Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong on Wednesday.
The Hong Kong outfit started their continental campaign with a bang as they thrashed Singapore’s Tampines Rovers 5-0 in an away fixture.
In the domestic league, they are a massive twelve points clear at the top which only highlights their superiority.
Kitchee Coach Chu Chi Kwong said, “Spanish striker Juan Belencoso got injured in the last domestic league match. He is getting better and if he is able to play, it will be good for the team.”
Talking about his opponents, Kwong added, “They have a good player in Riga Mustapha who has played overseas. He is very fast, but football is a team game and not individual.”
Kitchee skipper Kwan Yee Lo was confident ahead of the game and said, “No need to worry about the weather. We scored a big win in the last AFC Cup match and also aim to win on Wednesday.”
Pune FC haven’t been in the best of forms having drawn their last three outings in all competitions. They came back to draw level with Myanmar’s Nay Pyi Taw in their debut AFC Cup game in Pune a fortnight ago.
Coach Mike Snoei said, “From the information we gathered, Kitchee are a good side. However, we are also prepared for the game.”
“This is nice weather, very much Dutch. I like it. It is great for football. The stadium is nice, not big and will be great to play. Overall, it is a very good atmosphere. We are young team with promoted players from the Academy. The AFC Cup is a fantastic tournament for my team,” he said.
“In these competitions every team aims to win at home. We had one draw in our home, we were unlucky."
Pune FC have got a timely boost in the form of skipper Anas Edathodika, who missed four games since February, returning to the squad in the last game but remained an unused substitute.
“The AFC Cup is a tough tournament. We want to do well and we are prepared for the game. It is important we do well,” explained Anas.
A draw will be a good result for Pune FC against an in-form Kitchee SC. However the going would be tough as they haven't been getting the right results lately.
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