Languishing bottom of Group E in the AFC Cup and yet to register a point, Warriors FC coach V. Selvaraj is not throwing in the towel just yet as he believes the match against Churchill Brothers will be the turning point for his team in the competition.
Speaking at the pre-match conference held at Hotel Royal on Tuesday afternoon, Selvaraj was accompanied by team captain Daniel Bennett, who echoed his coach's sentiments.
“It is important that we get a result, the boys are positive, our groups of boys are hardworking and I do believe we will turn around the result that we got in Pune,” said Bennett.
“We won’t give up until it is mathematically over for us. There is no problem in our camp and we will work hard for it.”
Both sides met at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune a week ago with the hosts coming away with all three points, securing a 3-0 victory over the Singapore club.
Selvaraj will be welcoming back several players for the match and added that the result in India was due to the late afternoon kick-off timing, which his players were not used to.
“It will be quiet different and I believe the result will be different too," he assured the media present.
"The kick off timing is at 7.45pm compared to a 3pm kickoff in Pune. Some players are coming back from injury and thus I have more options.”
Warriors opened their AFC Cup campaign with a 3-1 loss to Semen Padang before crumbling to a 2-4 defeat to Hong Kong outfit Kitchee FC, after taking a two goal lead going into the half time interval.
Entering the final few fixtures of the group stage, the former Singapore international still maintains that they are able to perform a Houdini-esque escape act and qualify for the knock-out stage.
“We have to get maximum points from the remaining 3 matches, two of which is at home, and hope that other teams drop points to make it past the group stage," he explained.
"I believe we are well prepared now and if we get a positive result, things will turn around. We are capable and the players have lots of believe in themselves.”
The match between Warriors and Churchill Brothers will be played at the Jalan Besar stadium on April 9 (Wednesday) with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm.
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