SEMEN PADANG (4-4-2)
Novan - Aries - Wahyu - Hengky
Ellie - Hyun-Goo - Vendry - Vizcarra
Titus Bonai - Edward Wilson
WARRIORS FC (4-1-3-2)
Abdil - Bennett - Vidosevic - Shaiful
Jiayi - Shukor - Inui
Sufian - Karoglan
Still without a win in the new domestic campaign, Warriors FC will certainly want to get it right in their opening AFC Cup Group E match against Semen Padang of Indonesia.
The eight-time S.League champions go into the match fresh from their 6-1 drubbing by Tanjong Pagar in the league - one of their worse defeats in nearly a decade - and will be hoping star striker, Croatian Mislav Karoglan (pictured right) is fully fit for the tie.
With AFC Cup competitions regulations (Article 34 D & E) stating that each club is only allowed to register three foreign players and an additional foreign player who has the nationality of one of the Asian Member Associations for each match, coach Selvaraj will have a tough decision to make as to who to include.
But with victory on his mind, the former Singapore international will certainly gamble with Karoglan upfront and sacrifice either one of the Japanese duo Shimpei Sakurada and Tatsuro Inui and rely on Shukor Zailan in midfield.
The hosts will be missing veteran defender David Pagbe, who has been on the treatment table since December and is not expected to match fit for another two to three months at least. The Cameroonian's spot has been well covered by new signing Aries Tuansyah, who will deputise here once again.
Kabau Sirah started their 2013 season with victories against Persibo Bojonegoro and Persiba Bantul and will be looking towards Esteban Vizcarra and Ellie Aiboy to provide the ammunition to the front two of Titus Bonai (pictured left) and Edward Wilson.
With the abundance of talent available in the Indonesia squad, all signs point to a tough battle ahead for the Singapore side.
The match will be played at the 28,000-capacity Haji Agus Salim stadium and the hosts will be backed by the energetic and fanatical home support from their supporters group, the Spartacks.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Semen Padang's last memorable achievement in continental competition was when they reached the AFC Cup Winners Cup quarter-finals in 1993/94.
- Kabau Sirah qualified for the 2013 AFC Cup as the Indonesian Premier League 2012 champions.
- There are 10 players in the current Semen Padang squad who are national team players, including youngsters Yosua Pahabol and Hendra Bayaw, with the majority of them being part of the 2012 AFF Championship squad.
Warriors have reached the AFC Cup quarter-finals on two occasions, in 2007 and 2008. They won their first legs at home but failed to progress to the semi-finals after losing the away ties.
Warriors qualified for the tournament as winners of the Singapore Cup
This is V.Selvaraj's (pictured top) debut season as head coach of the team after having been with the club as a player and its Prime League (U23) team's head coach.
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Semen Padang 2-0 Warriors FC
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|Asia - AFC Cup (AFCC)||Apr 24, 2013||Warriors FC 0 - Semen Padang 2|
|Asia - AFC Cup (AFCC)||Mar 5, 2013||Semen Padang 3 - Warriors FC 1|
|Sep 24, 2013||Semen Padang 1 - East Bengal F.C. 1||AFCC|
|Sep 17, 2013||East Bengal F.C. 1 - Semen Padang 0||AFCC|
|Jul 3, 2013||Semen Padang 2 - Persepar Palangka Raya 0||IPL|
|Jun 26, 2013||Persema Malang 0 - Semen Padang 5||IPL|
|Jun 23, 2013||PSIR Rembang 0 - Semen Padang 3||IPL|
|69||Jandia Eka Putra||Goalkeeper|
|10||Vendry Ronaldo Mofu||Midfielder|
|-||Muhammad Nur Iskandar||Striker|
|15||Shukor bin Zailan||Midfielder|