Kelantan's tight schedule this season has cost them in the AFC Cup, as Steve Darby believes that too many fixtures back to back was the reason they lost to Yangon United
Kelantan head coach Steve Darby has blamed the tight schedule as the reason for why his team failed to win against Yangon United, meaning they have been eliminated from the AFC Cup at the group stage.
In a game where the Red Warriors needed to win to keep their AFC Cup hopes alive, they couldn’t find the winning formula losing 3-2 to Yangon, eliminating them from the tournament with one game left in the group stage.
According to Astro Arena, Steve Darby has expressed his disappointment by stating that the tight schedule between MSL and AFC Cup fixtures has not helped his team.
Playing in front of their home fans, Kelantan went behind in the 24th minute as Cesar Augusto scored the opener. However Kelantan showed their fighting spirit with goals from Khairul Izuan and Wan Zaharulnizam which put the Red Warriors ahead early in the second half.
They were unable to hold the lead thought, with the visitors scoring two goals, through Emerson Reis Luiz and Kyaw Ko Ko to snatch three points.
Kelantan will now face South China in Hong Kong on the 22nd April, only for the sake of completing the group fixtures.