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April 23, 2013 7:00 PM SGT
Rasmee Dhandu Stadium — Malé, North Malé Atoll, Kaafu Atoll
Referee:‬ Ali Sabah Al Qaysi‎
Attendance:‬ 2400‎
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88′ Imran Ali

Maziya SRC - Kelantan Preview: Red Warriors look to get their revenge over Maziya

After only managing to take a point against Maziya in Kota Bharu, Kelantan will want to claim all three points in the return game in the Maldives

By Nik Afiq

Maziya vs Kelantan AFC Cup
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The Red Warriors knows that a win today (Tuesday) against Maziya will secure their spot in the next round of the AFC Cup and they will surely field their strongest team in order to claim all three points. After needing to be rescued last time out by captain Badhri Radzi in the meeting at Kota Bharu, Bojan Hodak will clearly not want a repeat of this and will look to go for the jugular here.

Finding goals has been the problem of late for Kelantan, and this area continues to haunt the last season's Super League champions, despite making Dickson Nwakaeme eligible to play in the Super League. Their inconsistency has also been another problem for them. Kelantan played well in knocking Sarawak out of the FA Cup, but have been poor in the league falling to back to back losses to ATM (1-3) and PKNS FC (1-2).

However, such form is the polar opposite to their AFC Cup campaign, where they are currently the only unbeaten side in their group with three wins and a draw. They have notched up three straight wins prior to this game and are comfortably leading Group G with 10 points.

Maziya on the other hand occupy third place in the group. After making an impressive start in the AFC Campaign in their first match against Kelantan, which ended 1-1 draw, they somehow could not find the rhythm in their second game where they narrowly lost to Da Nang 3-2.

They then went on to win their next game against Ayewadayi 3-1, before they losing to the same team 3-0 in the return fixture. Maziya knows that if they win this game, it will increase their chances of qualifying for the next round and put pressure on second place Da Nang.

  • Both teams are in Group G of the AFC Asian Cup alongside Myanmar Cup champions Ayeyawady United, and V-League champions SHB Da Nang FC.

  • Last year Kelantan made it to the AFC Cup Quarter Finals before being dumped out by Iraqi side Al Arbil SC.

  • Maldivian International forward Ahmed Rasheed will be the man to stop for Kelantan, he has scored in his last two outings.
  • Maziya SRC are a relatively new club having been formed only seventeen years ago in 1996.

  • Kelantan are only one of the four teams that are yet to lose in the AFC Cup this season, alongside Al-Faisaly Amman, Semen Padang and East Bengal.

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