The Indonesian boss has ruled out tactics for marking important opposing players, revealed that his team are in gripping mood to create history...Jafri Sastra, coach of the Indonesian side Semen Padang, has insisted that none of his team’s players feel burgeoned by the weight of the occasion and that they were keeping their focus firmly on a semi-final place ahead of the encounter in the second leg of the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Cup in Padang, on Tuesday, 24thSeptember.
The Indonesians trail by a solitary goal, courtesy of Ryuji Sueoka of the Red and Gold, but the coach has stated, in an interview with Goal, that his side are in ripe form to inflict a defeat on the visitors. If they do get the better of their visitors, they will be the first Indonesian side to qualify for a semi-final berth in the history of the competition.
"Now we are fighting, and focus on the game later. Preparation is ripe, good strategy, and also mentally. The kids are ready to play loose and have high morale. Although we need a quick goal, but will play in the normal course,” elucidated a confident Jafri, who believes his team have put their disappointing result in India behind them.
He also poured cold water on speculation those players of importance in the opposition camp like Ryuji, James Moga, Chidi Edeh would be tightly marked. “There will no special guard for an opposing player," Sastra added.
The coach’s optimism is also widely shared by his superjock captain Ellie Aiboy. “For me there is no word called 'impossible'. We're ready. The U-19 national team has been making history, why not us against East Bengal?,” recounted the 34-yeear old lynchpin, calling on the team to take cue from the national U-19’s squad who recently won the AFF U-19 Cup.
Marcos Falopa, Brazilian coach of East Bengal meanwhile, has admitted the trip to Indonesia is a tricky one for his boys. He said he was ready to hand the game an interesting twist while at the same time admitting that the offensive offered by Padang will be very strong.
"We really respect to Semen Padang FC. They are a good team on all fronts. So the game will be hard for us," concluded the Brazilian.
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