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After a disappointing AFC Cup campaign, the Warriors FC coach now intends to focus on the local cup tournament

It has been a disappointing campaign in the AFC Cup for Warriors FC - the same club that were playing in the Asian Champions League a few years back. This time, the Warriors finished last in their group, recording a single win and five losses to go along with conceding a total of 17 goals.

The most recent defeat was a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Hong Kong side Kitchee SC, and Warriors coach V. Selvaraj had no doubts about their opponents' superiority.

"I am very disappointed of the team's performance, we should played better than this," he said.

"In [the] S-league, we are not playing like this. But Kitchee is a very good team, they are strong and confident [and] they deserved to win."

Domestically, the Warriors are not doing all that well either. They sit in the bottom half of the table in ninth place and marquee signing Kazayuki Toda has spent more time on the treatment table than on the field. Of the 27 points that have been up for grabs, the Warriors have only managed to secure 11 of them. This shambolic start can be said to be one of the worst for the eight-time champions.

At the start of the season, Selvaraj also declared that he would consider quitting the Choa Chu Kang-based outfit if they were not part of the top three by June, which is only a month away from now.

Warriors' General Manager, Chong Wei Chiang, has stated that former striker Mirko Grabovac has been offered to the club as head coach. Sources close to Goal.com Singapore have also revealed that a local agent has established contact with Grabovac and will represent him here should the Warriors management decide to open negotiations with the Warriors legend.

Amidst the commotion about a potential shake-up, Selvaraj remains focused on his objectives with the team.

"After this tournament, we will focus on the Singapore Cup - we want to be the champions," he asserted.

Warriors FC will open their RHB Singapore Cup campaign against Phillipines' Global F.C. on June 1 at the Warriors Arena in Choa Chu Kang.
 

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