Sk Kamal Football: TC Sports to play Manang Marshyangdi in first semi on Monday

Sk Kamal Football: TC Sports to play Manang Marshyangdi in first semi on Monday

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Dhaka  – TC Sports Club of Maldives will play Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal in the first semifinal of the ongoing Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup Football on Monday (Feb 27) with both the teams preparing well for the knock out phase.The match will kick-off at 6:30 pm at the MA Aziz Stadium in the port city of Chittagong.In a pre-match press conference at MA Aziz Stadium here on Sunday, the coaches and captains of both the teams expressed their expectation to go through to the final.Talking to the newsmen ahead of the match, Head Coach TC Sports Club Nizam Mohamed said, “It will be no different than the other games.”“We’re well-prepared for the match and we’ll try to show the same consistency as before. And our target is to win the game,” he added. TC Sports skipper Nafiu Ali said, “Our first target is to win tomorrow’s (Monday) match. and only after that we’ll think about the final.”Replying to question about opponent Manang, Nizam Mohamed said, “They’re definitely strong team, that is why they are in the top 4. They are very competitive as well, we should not underestimate them.”But he complained that playing three games in a week did take a toll on the recovery of the relatively young and inexperienced players of his team. He also expressed his satisfaction with the performance and endurance of his players.About Maldives’s loss to Nepal in the last edition of the SAFF Championship, the TC coach said, “I don’t carry history on my back. It’s only there to review. It doesn’t always repeat itself. To make history is the new challenge for us.”Asked whether his team has any weaknesses, Nizam Mohamed said, “It’s the duty of the opponent to find weaknesses in our team, not ours. However, there are always areas to improve our game.”After TC Sports, the head coach and captain of Manang Marshyangdi Club addressed the sports reporters at the press conference.“It’ll be a tough game. They topped their group and they have some good players. But we’re in the semis too. So, we are not that bad either. It’s anybody’s game,” said Chhiring Lopsang Gurung, head coach of Manang Marshyangdi Club.Club captain Anil Gurung said, “We’ll give our best fight and play our best football so that the spectators can enjoy the game.”Asked which team is favorite to win the game, Chhiring Gurung said, “Both teams are favorite; neither has any edge. The team which will avail their chances they will win the game.”“The game won’t be very physical as neither of us are physical sides. It’ll depend on tactics,” he added.Reminded about Nepal’s win over Maldives in the last SAFF Championship, he said, “It can definitely inspire us. It’ll be this bunch of players who’ll play tomorrow (Monday). And they’ll try to give their best to win us the game.” Asked about any specific individual on whom his team will mostly focus for success, Chhiring Gurung said, “It’s a team game. So, I can’t single out any player to rely on. We’ll play as a team.”Inquired if his team will play an attacking game or will play on counter-attack, he replied that it was not decided yet and that they’ll only decide it after the last practice session.Overall, both the teams are confident and neither has any injury problems. An exciting first semi-final of Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup 2017 is beckoning for the fans to enjoy.UNB agency

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