East Bengal strolled into the knockout rounds of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup and held the distinction of being the first Indian team to make it to this stage without being defeated. The Red and Gold will now face Myanmar club Yangon United in the pre-quarterfinal stage on May 15th.
Trevor Morgan’s side has all but lost the I-League title to Churchill Brothers, but is still alive in the continental level. The Kolkata club will play their first leg clash at home which the coach believes will be an advantage.
“Playing at home is always an advantage. Yes, it will again be extremely hot and humid when we play. But the fact that we have better knowledge of the conditions should put us in an advantageous position,” Morgan said to The Telegraph.
East Bengal have three I-League fixtures before the clash against Yangon and will hope that they obtain favourable results so as to carry some momentum into this tie.
Morgan would do well to acknowledge the threat of Yangon who are no walkovers. They finished second in group F behind Maldives club New Radiant on goal average.
Meanwhilem, the future of Morgan is still unsure as it has been learnt that the players have requested their coach to continue coaching the side after the conclusion of this season. The British coach had announced that he would leave Kolkata to return to his home in Australia to spend time with his family.
East Bengal will face Dempo SC in an I-League clash at Goa on May 4th, 2013.
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